An Anthropologist?

At what age do we learn social behaviour? I’ve been watching my nieces and nephews grow up and trying to figure out exactly when they edit their speech, or their behaviour in order to fit in. Surprisingly, two of my nephews seem to have taken after a younger me. We’re observers, not participants. The disadvantages…

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Becoming a better writer

My English teachers in secondary school were shit. The only ones I remember were Mrs. M because she confiscated something from me that she eventually lost, and Mrs. K who didn’t like me and caused some chaos in my life when I was a little older. That is all I remember about my English/English Lit…

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African Literature on Facebook

A few weeks ago a dear friend asked me if I could help admin a page on Facebook.  It has taken over my life! I LOVE IT. Our little family has grown by leaps and bounds, and the people who have joined and are actively participating in discussions surprise me with their passion every…

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Micro 0122: Silence

It is silent here. Not ‘absence of noise’ silence. I can hear the Movement, slow and unchanging. I can hear crying. Someone is wailing. And yet it is silent, like laying still under dead earth where you cannot hear the sound of birds or the voices of family that just threw dirt over your body.…

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The Struggle Factor

There is nothing so unappealing to me as the struggling artist. I know that many do, but can I say that I don’t like it? When there are so many examples of artists that have been able to ‘get there’ I just cannot understand the appeal. That being said, I know that so many compromises…

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