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Solve This Literary Puzzle — Six African Authors Are Sitting In A Danfo….

    I stole the puzzle from my favorite philosopher, Walter Benjamin. He won’t mind, so let’s go ahead and have some fun with this. All I’d say is that it is a pretty damn difficult nut to crack.   Enjoy!   Six authors are sitting in a Danfo bus somewhere in Lagos. The lay […]

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Do We Need a Yoruba Translation of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?

The scarcity of novels in African languages is not the only reason why we should be concerned about the future of African languages. What worries me more than anything is the absence of translations in these languages. Why isn’t there a Dinka translation of Plato’s Republic, a Yoruba translation of Madame Bovary, a Hausa translation […]

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What Is A Beautiful Woman?

“A beautiful young woman is a true voltaic cell,…in which the captive fluid is retained by the form of surfaces and the isolating virtue of the hair; so that when this fluid would escape from its sweet prison, it must make incredible efforts, which produce in turn, by influence on bodies differently animated, fearful ravages […]

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Angel of History

Someone must please tell me how this painting could’ve inspired one of the most beautiful passages ever written on political theology. (see below) Klee’s painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth hangs open, his wings are […]

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The Dead Art of Being Bored

If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation. Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustle in the leaves drives him away. His nesting places—activities that are intimately associated with boredom—are already extinct in the city and are declining in the country as […]

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#Valentine’sDay | Which Book Character Are You in Love With? 17 Writers Tell Us

Brittle Paper's Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

Writers love to write about love. Even in the fabric of fundamentally political books are scintillating love stories. These love […]

Professor Taban Lo Liyong Suspended by University of Juba Over Open Letter on South Sudanese States’ Boundaries

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The prominent South Sudanese academic and writer Taban Lo Liyong has been suspended without pay by the University of Juba, […]

Attend SBMEN’s Workshop: Developing an Editor’s Mindset | 22-23 February 2020

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PRESS RELEASE: SBMEN Announces Its First Editing Workshop for Editors and Writers This February 2020 Lagos, 14 February 2020 — […]

“He was the most generous writer of his generation”: Pwaangulongii Dauod on Binyavanga’s Passion & Love

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The great Binyavanga Wainaina passed on in May 2019 at the age of 48. He may have left behind just […]

Enter for Boston Review’s (Free) 2020 Short Story & Poetry Contests Worth $1,000 & Publication

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The US-based magazine Boston Review has announced short story and poetry contests, each worth $1,000 and publication, both based on “a […]

Tochi Onyebuchi Talks New Book, Riot Baby, on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show

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The Nigerian novelist Tochi Onyebuchi was on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show to discuss his new YA book Riot Baby. […]

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