Month: December 2007


I want to think speculatively, and counterintuitively, about two rhetorical tics that recurs in media accounts. * * * A necessary aside. I am not objective, nor do I think, at this time, that calls for objectivity are fair: elections are highly subjective. Voting is an act premised on dreams and desires, a way of … Continue reading Succor

(Break) The River Between

Having spent the past few years teaching, thinking, and writing about Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s The River Between, I find myself irritated by the seeming endless commentary that deems it “atavistic,” “out of touch,” “irrelevant” to young readers. Much of the criticism reveals a rather unsophisticated understanding of literary criticism, one that focuses on content and … Continue reading (Break) The River Between