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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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Nnedi Okorafor, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Wole Talabi, Sibongile Fisher Lead 2018 Nommo Awards Shortlists

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The 2018 shortlists for the four Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have just been announced. Among the shortlisted […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Get Selves Nonfiction Anthology into Print

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The team behind the remarkable e-anthology, Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, led by its curator, Basit Jamiu, have […]

New Collection of Plays Shines Light on African Women Playwrights

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There are many literary projects making a difference in the way we read and talk about African literature. One of […]

Chibundu Onuzo is Coming to America! | See All the Dates

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US-based fans of Chibundu Onuzo are in luck. Her critically acclaimed second novel Welcome to Lagos will officially be released in […]

“I Pushed His Hand Away…Gently”: Chimamanda Adichie on Being Sexually Harassed at 17

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At the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, held 15-17 April, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about “a powerful man in the […]

Poet Nacima Qorane Sentenced to Jail in Somaliland for Advocating for a Reunified Somalia

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A court in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has sentenced poet Nacima Qorane to three years in jail for her […]

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