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
Month: December 2007
Writing for the NYT, Jeffrey Gettleman has described the Kenyan election as a battle (if you will) between two different kinds of men who embody two forms of masculinity. As a courtly gentleman (reincarnated from Elizabethan England no doubt) Kibaki represents the vestiges of empire: he is its progeny and heir. Raila, though, is a … Continue reading Courtly Gentleman vs. Flamboyant Businessman
In a mostly persuasive article in the Nation, Peter Mwaura argues that Kibaki’s “true legacy” is freedom of expression. He offers, as evidence, that this freedom gave Kenyans such latitude that the president was not spared. Indeed, Mwaura contends, it is an index of Kibaki’s success that he has been, at times, the victim of … Continue reading That “odd” Note
For the third time since I gained the right to do so, I will not be voting. I will be forced to ask strangers with whom I share an undefined connection we term “nationality” to choose for me, and to choose wisely. In a recent speech, Ida Odinga argued that we needed a stronger economy. … Continue reading And, so, the 27th
Little of what follows is systematic. With time and patience it might be. I wanted to capture the irrationality and excitement of response, what might be akin to an intellectual erection. On re-reading, I find I seem more flaccid than I would have liked. But I am older and the flaccid does have its pleasures. … Continue reading “Fats,” “Fems,” Gay Aesthetics and Gay Desire
Why babel, you ask. Because I want to mark loss as gain.
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