Book Review, The Sympathizer – Viet Nguyen

I stared at the paperback and suspected immediately that the name Nguyen in Vietnam must be as common as the name Mensah in Ghana. 'Ngu...yen' I slowly stressed each syllable while completely throwing away any remote knowledge of the uselessness of some letters in some French words. Studying French for years had taught me better. …

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Willie Lynch’s Letter on ‘How to Make a Slave’ and Personal Musings

A friend and I had an extensive conversation in which I literally forced him to agree that racism had a hand in the original plan of slavery. We had time on our hands, and we were high from shoving down what would later turn into poop. We were bursting with a raw desire to toss …

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Twenty Something and Learning

On Life Life is a learning curve. I don't have a favorite perfume, favorite food or favorite vacation destination. My reason is very simple, I haven't experienced much to conclude on favorites. I constantly seek different perspectives, different views, different stories just because I realize there is one more thing out there that I can learn. …

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Feminism is not a ‘One size fits all’

Before falling into the temptation of providing a definition of feminism and its attendant compulsion to be bound by the definition, I would like to use this post to help our new generation of feisty lady feminists understand that feminism is not only limited to the literal fight against the male species.  The ideology is not a …

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Letters to a YOUNG NOVELIST I Mario Vargas LLosa

Note from the blurb ;- "he (the writer) lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create." One of the truest reasons for my huge attraction to fiction is my recognition of the existence of inspiration all around us. There are stories …

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