Archive | March 2014

The World and What it Isn’t: Dinaw Mengestu’s “All Our Names.”


A review of the novel, which the novelist himself really didn’t appreciate.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Solid Personal Achievements


On reading and interviewing and contending with Adichie.

Ambitious Conditions: Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go”


Reviewing reviewing: “Long before you actually get to the book that Selasi actually wrote, you have to claw your way through the author’s pedigree, the litany of achievements and distinctions which have made every review more about the author than the book.”