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Limbo | by Jen Thorpe | African Poetry

  Limbo Liminal, lost Limb lopped. Late nights in bars and on night buses. Last trains to home departing on lonely platforms. Lamps lit, Licked by cold. Long Street, liquor, Losing sense of sense and sensory, Lacklustre lust. Lists of the pros and cons. Listless longing. Love? ******************* Post image by Silvia Sala via Flickr. About the […]

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“Love is not a contract between two narcissists.” — Alain Badiou | Excerpt From In Praise Of Love

  “Love is not a contract between two narcissists. It’s more than that. It’s a construction that compels the participants to go beyond narcissism. In order that love lasts one has to reinvent oneself…Everybody says love is about finding the person who is right for me and then everything will be fine. But it’s not […]

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PHOTO: Chilling Like A Skeleton

Skeletons like to take things easy when they can. Looks like he-she in the picture is taking a quick break from something. Well, I think it’s a guy–look at the crossed leg–so I’ll call it JP. I’d give the world to know what JP was doing right before this moment.  The skull is the caput […]

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PHILOFRIDAY — Karl Marx on Pianos and Mad People

  What’s does a piano player and a mad man have in common? Read Marx and see for yourself: Is it not crazy, asks Mr Senior, that the piano maker is a productive worker, but not the piano player, although obviously the piano would be absurd without the piano player? But this is exactly the […]

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ZIZEK— “I cannot have one-night stands.”

Three-times divorced. Hates students. Has published about 75 books on politics and philosophy. Has these tics that makes him remind me of Magwitch in Great Expectations. Has these set of jokes and illustrations he recycles ANYTIME he speaks publicly–TV, Podcast, University lectures, etc. He stores his clothes–mostly t-shirts–in his kitchen cabinets. They call him the Borat […]

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Kant—“I Have Come a Century Too Soon”

Immanuel Kant, an 18th century German philosopher, had trouble writing things that people could relate to. He said towards the end of his life: “I have come a century too soon with my writings. After a hundred years, people will first correctly understand me. And then study my books anew and admit them.” Maybe Heidegger […]

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LOVE ACTUALLY: Splitting the Heart Break

Breaking up is all about sharing. It’s about dividing things like  loss, pain, memories, blame, and sometimes shame. Nobody wants to end up with all the bad feelings. If it were possible to share these things fairly, Aristotle for whom justice is partly about proportion, would say each one should get what he or she […]

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LOVE ACTUALLY: Lovers are Ridiculous

Lovers are ridiculous. Against reality, lovers continue to believe that they can be loved the way they love. Could they possibly not know one of the most scandalous of love’s secrets? Love cannot be reciprocated and the reason lies in the difference between the lover and the beloved. Does this surprise you?  Aristotle loved the […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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Watch This Poetry Dance Film of Kayo Chingonyi’s “Kumukanda”

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Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is receiving praise. The Guardian has hailed its “lyrical elegance” and “many […]

Photos | Nommo Awards 2017: How Africa’s First Ever Speculative Fiction Awards Ceremony Happened

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The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Nommo Awards took place at the ongoing 2017 Ake Arts and Book […]

Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote Chimamanda Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” and Nnedi Okorafor’s “Home” in the Final Round

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Earlier this month we announced the online voting for Goodreads’ 2017 awards. The first round saw nominations for four authors having massively […]

#AkeFest2017 | Follow Brittle Paper’s Coverage of Ake Arts and Book Festival

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  Ake Arts and Book Festival is happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria—has been happening since 14 November, to end on 18 […]

Opportunity for Writers and Visual Artists | Apply for the 2017 Artists in Residency Programme

Applications are open for the 2017 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme, an initiative of Africa Centre “seeking high calibre African artists, in […]

South African Literary Awards 2017: All the Winners

The winners of the 2017 South African Literary Awards have been announced. Here they are, with excerpts from their citations. […]

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