Category Archive: Africa

This Is the Picture…

…I took just seconds before the elephant charged up the small hill I was standing on. I still have the Yashica-D twin-lens reflex camera I took this with.  The Leica that took the… Continue reading

"One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo"

Jane Albritton, series editor and guiding force behind the “Peace Corps @ 50” series, tells me that the publisher is about to send the proofs of One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo… Continue reading

Turning Back, Turning Point: Fiction

The bustle of Ouahigouya had gone. Even the hurrying soldiers had disappeared. The shops, so busy so recently, were shuttered, the marché vacant. No youths peddled cigarettes on the wide, empty streets or… Continue reading

Some Fiction for Diversion

Dim changes approached. He rolled over to see: faint colors crawling slowly under the corrugated-zinc door. Little light came with them, dull, sliding grays reaching tentative, translucent fingers through outlined cracks. He imagined… Continue reading

Helplessly Hoping

[The above is the marketplace in Dapaong, Togo–probably in 1990.] One of the legacies of colonial rule in Africa is the modern nation-state. Before the European colonists imposed their preconceptions on Africa, there… Continue reading

One Laptop Left Behind

What follows is an edited excerpt from my new book, Blogging America: The New Public Sphere. I’m presenting this passage here because of continuing talk about how Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child… Continue reading

Dust and Smoke

Harmattan dust comes down from the Sahara each December, fogging the views of Mt. Bombouaka, to the east, and Mt. Nassiet, to the west, filtering sunlight all through the early months of each… Continue reading

Creating a Cripple or Saving a Continent?

Some years ago, a couple of people came into my store. As usual, I tried to strike up a conversation with the one not busily examining merchandise. Turns out both of them worked… Continue reading