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A Scarecrow Letter

Dear Beloved, Your photograph is on my nightstand. In the rare moments when I take my eyes off your face, which has grown yellow and moldy, I read Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust.  There is this passage that always makes me think of you. Even though I can’t quite remember the exact words, […]

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The Dark Arts of The Literary Critic

“It must be borne in mind that most critics are men who have not had much luck and who, just about the time they were growing desperate, found a quiet little job as cemetery watchmen… The critic lives badly; his wife does not appreciate him as she ought to; his children are ungrateful; the first […]

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A Greek Slave and a Manga Figure by Ali Altaf Mian

Ali Altaf Mian is a friend and a fellow blogger. Dwellings of Thought is the place where he shares insightful and delightful reflections on everything from Lady Gaga to Hegel. He is also a graduate student of Religion at Duke University. Last week I made a post, Geishas and Graffiti, showcasing graffiti pieces by a […]

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Muses and Guns

Musings on the Fury of Guns and the New Inventions of Death. By Chibuzor Okoroafor How wonderful is Death, Inevitable Death and his brother sleep. When a man gives up his interest in the outer world, he proceeds to weave many beautiful thoughts about his being in his sleep. For another person’s sleep is the […]

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“Novels the Length of Nosebleeds?”

I’m always on the look out for ideas that help me imagine what the “brittle” in Brittle Paper means. I found a statement made by Sara Levine, a writer from Illinois.  Her short story, “The Following Fifteen Things, A Love Story,” is the quirkiest love story  I ever read. Anyway the quote I found could […]

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“Not Fair Ainehi:” A Brittle Paper Reader Talks Back

We might be uninteresting – a vanishing race – but the final implosion will carry the world along. —-Selali Last week, I made an outrageous Brittle Post in which I spoke rather disparagingly of the novel. I scoffed at it, laughed at it, and called its readers a vanishing race. Here is the piece: Ranting […]

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Afternoons with Fred Moten: Note #1

How do you take notes in a class where the only way to note is to take flight? Last semester, I sat in on an undergraduate poetry class taught by Fred Moten. Fred Moten‘s lectures are unusual. Picture this. There is Moten dishing out what by all accounts are profound words of wisdom about poetry. […]

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Ranting of a Twitting Twat: Silly Habits of The Novel

Novels take time to write and way more time to read. They take themselves seriously. If there is one thing they love more than telling stories it is teaching. Never mind that at different points in history, certain kinds of novels have come along and wailed, “Oh, teaching is for creeps. We do not teach. […]

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Episode 4 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fourth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, the Professor dives into the […]

Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

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  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor […]

Check Out Mona Eltahawy’s Major New Look!

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American-Egyptian journalist, activist, and feminist Mona Eltahawy has a brand new look. Earlier this year, the author of Seven Necessary […]

Scholarship and Mentorship Opportunity with Ellah P. Wakatama OBE (Open to Black British Writers)

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The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has launched a new scholarship aimed at providing “writers on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented […]

Watch Joseph Adesunloye’s Documentary Film on The AKO Caine Prize

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A few weeks ago, the AKO Caine Prize organizers announced that the award dinner held at the British Library will […]

Two African Writers Featured in Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album

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Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King is making waves, but the exciting part is that there are two African […]

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