(Link Gems is a round-up of interesting articles and essays from around the web)
I’ve been hoarding links so you’ll find some oldish articles mixed in with newer ones.
This One Ghana, One Voice’s interview with Billy Kahora, Managing Editor of Kwani? if for nothing at all, this section:
Mawiyoo: What are your greatest concerns as an editor and writer?
Kahora: The general lack of [literary] tools in the material we receive. When present, those with these tools seem disconnected from local realities, narratives and expressions. One specific technical question I’ve being trying to grapple with for the last few years is the dearth of ‘honest’ voice – that which brings forth a real subjective experience located in our idea and experience as a space but understands literature as an artistic register with aesthetics, technical rules and a larger vision. It is often ‘either, or.’ Many writers have access to interesting subjective experience but hardly understand the aesthetics of literary narrative. Those who seem to grasp the latter might well be writing from Mars – which is actually fine – if you are in Mars. (Please understand that my comments are written with a certain bias for literary mimetic representations).
Black Life, Annotated – Christina Sharpe’s brilliant review (and commentary on the perils of urban ethnography) of Alice Goffman’s On the Run (The New Inquiry)
On the dispute between radical feminism and trans people – such amazing writing from Juliet Jacques (from NewStatesman)