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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” | Excerpt from Alain Badiou’s “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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Slavoj 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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Mid-Life Crisis of a Major God II | Stanley Princewill McDaniels | Poetry

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– As for life turning out to be all what no one ever wanted it to, how we surely confuse […]

Sudanese Fiction: 5 Books Recommended by Leila Aboulela

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Leila Aboulela has recommended five books for readers seeking familiarity with Sudanese fiction. Aboulela’s own work is often used as an […]

Elnathan John Among Judges for 2019 Man Booker International Prize

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Nigerian novelist Elnathan John is among the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The panel includes writer, translator and president […]

My Greatest Inspiration in Filmmaking: Kunle Afolayan | Onyeka Nwelue

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As the Africa Film Trinidad & Tobago opens tomorrow, my first fictional Igbo Language feature film, Agwaetiti Obiuto, will screen on 24 July […]

Paging The God of Small Things Fans | Arundhati Roy is Coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg

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Arundhati Roy, famous Indian activist and bestselling author of the Booker Prize winning The God of Small Things and the […]

Opportunity for East African Writers | Fellowship for Early Career Writers and Publishers

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In the wake of Nigeria’s Dusty Manuscript Contest, it is encouraging to see Africa Writers Trust rolling out a fellowship […]

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