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Please, No Text Mining Here

Publishers and professors are fighting over text mining. This is why. Ever wondered what happens to the millions of articles published yearly in academic journals? Who reads them, as horridly boring as they are?  In the old days, before computers arrived on earth, Professor Naughty would imprison himself in a cold, dusty library reading room […]

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No Orange for Orange Prize

The Orange Prize is homeless and nameless as we speak. The Orange Prize for fiction is awarded to female novelists writing in English. Chimamanda Adichie won it in 2007, Zadie Smith in 2006 and Barbara Kingsolver in 2010. Until now it’s been sponsored by Orange, a mobile phone and broadband company in the Uk, hence the […]

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R. I. P Carlos!

Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes, died yesterday. He was 83. It’s sad when you hear about a novelist for the first time on the occasion of their death. I took a quick survey of his novels, and I’m adding his novel, Diana, The Goddess Who Hunts Alone, to a summer reading list that I’ve kicked off with the […]

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New Blog at The New Yorker

The New Yorker unveiled The Page-Turner today. As if there aren’t enough blogs about lit things. They say the essays featured are “elaborations” on lit chit chat. What you do when you fight about or gush over a certain piece of writing with friends and colleagues and perhaps the stranger you meet at the bus […]

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Spooftastic!

    Laughing as I type. Where should I even begin? A mock conversation among the board of reviewers of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, point being that they probably never get to read the novels they screen. Conversation includes exchanges across all media: email, text, Gchat, twitter, and a post-coital chat between two board […]

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Poems for Profit

Roaringly funny. On the difficulties of walking the sometimes long and uncertain road from poetry to profit. Enjoy! Hope your weekend is sunny and fun! There are so many poets with so many books on so many presses swarming so many internet radio sites, readings, conferences, and all that other horseshit—mainly for “exposure”—that we’re all […]

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Politics of Walking

The reality is that we don’t walk as much these days. The days of walking long distances through city streets are almost over. Think about it, how much of our travels are made on foot? Trains, buses, and cars–a whole lot of them–take us places. More importantly, though, modern technology has changed the way we […]

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Fisticuff Wednesday: Blows and Blood Over Tolkien and C. S. Lewis

Have you ever gone violent over a book? I mean fisticuffing a person for doing anything from shitting on your favorite author to showering undeserved praise on an author you think little of. In Ann Arbor Michigan, two men fought over a disagreement having to do with J. R.R. Tolkien of Lord of the Ring […]

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Tell Me | Oreva-Oghene Isaac Oyibojabor | Poetry

Tell Me _ Oreva-Oghene Isaac Oyibojabor _ Fiction (1)

  I slipped through today. When it gets hard, remind me it’s not suicidal to live. Tell me of hope, […]

Broken | Gerald Onyebuchi | Fiction

Broken _ Gerald Onyebuchi _ Fiction (1)

In the cool of the evening you met him. At a pub, a corner all by himself, gulping down shots […]

Nigerian Software Engineer Invents New Igbo Writing System

Nigerian Software Engineer Invents New Igbo Writing System

Lotanna Igwe-Odunze is a software engineer, artist and writer who developed a new system for Igbo writing called the Ńdébé […]

All About Nsah Mala’s Cameroonian Children’s Book Coming Out in Spring 2021

Nsah Mala's children's book

A US publishing house for children’s literature POW! Kids Books has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Africa, to Cameroonian poet and […]

The Dissolving Center of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart? — Watch Episode 4 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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 […]

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