Spring Guide 2012: Granta Eyes the African Short Story

Continental rift

'Slow Lightning'
By Eduardo C. Corral

Carl Phillips has taken over as judge of the recently deossified Yale Series of Younger Poets. His first selection is Slow Lightning by gay Mexican American Corral, who can squish twisted issues of sexuality and racial identity into gleaming fables like this one: "In high school I worked as a bag boy. To prevent shoplifting my boss had me follow the Mexicans and the Native Americans around the grocery store. I was slightly troubled by this. So I only followed the handsome men." Yale University Press, 96 pp., $18

'When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man'
Nick Dybek

Bye-bye tradition: Novelist-editor Helon Habila
Jide Alakija
Bye-bye tradition: Novelist-editor Helon Habila

Only a few father-and-son writers have ever equaled each other in accomplishment and influence: Kingsley and Martin Amis, Alexandre Dumas pére et fils, maybe a couple of Waughs. Now Nick Dybek, son of Stuart and graduate of his alma mater, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, has cast his literary DNA into the ring. His first novel tells the tale of a boy, not knowing if he can measure up to the adventure stories and myths Dad brought back from Alaska, who reluctantly takes over his father's fleet of crab boats. Perhaps Dybek the younger has some stuff to work out? Riverhead, 320 pp., $26.95

'The Flying Machine Book: Build and Launch 35 Rockets,Gliders, Helicopters, Boomerangs, and More'
Bobby Mercer

Mercer, author of how-to books like Quarterback Dad: A Play-by-Play Guide to Tackling Your New Baby and How Do You Light a Fart?, increases his taste level without growing up at all with this instruction manual for building "rockets, gliders, boomerangs, launchers, and helicopters" out of low-cost materials. The book promises to emphasize the scientific angle, stressing the connection between making a cannon that shoots grapes out of a toilet-paper tube and aviation technology. Way to justify your kid's rowdy behavior. Not to mention yours. Chicago Review Press, 208 pp., $14.95

'The Newlyweds'
By Nell Freudenberger

Freudenberger's career—her rise from The New Yorker copy department to 20 Under 40; her PEN, Whiting, Guggenheim, and NYT Notable Book awards; and her extensive travel experience—seems to echo both the charmed life and the wanderlust of W. Somerset Maugham. In this second novel, like The Dissident (2006), in which she gave voice to a Chinese performance artist, she again channels a character from Asia, this time a Bangladeshi woman named Amina Mazid who comes to Rochester, New York, to pursue a burgeoning Internet romance. That's a new one—a novel in which Rochester has more romantic pull than Asia. Knopf, 352 pp., $25.95

'The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity'
Bruce Hood

In The Self Illusion, cognitive scientist Hood, a fellow at institutions like Harvard, Cambridge, and MIT, makes the bold claim that the self does not exist. Like many other phenomena, it is a construct that fluctuates based on social context. Therefore, social media have the power to change our concept of identity at a rapid pace. For Hood's sake, one can only assume that he made his audacious claim after the publisher made out the check. Otherwise, whom would they make it out to? Oxford University Press, 368 pp., $29.95

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A political manifesto for a new Africa Love, Sex and Mathematics a new book by LM ARNAL Link: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/love-sex-and-mathematics-other-stories-and-the-un-kind-poems/15155363?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/1 Thanks for supporting hard-working artists !!! Editorial Reviews Cosmic telepathy seems at work between native son James Baldwin of Harlem and native writer LM ARNAL of Europe across the fog of the half century. I can t help but hearing his echo in Arnal's latest work, as this precocious, peripatetic, biracial child of the flaming 1960s follows in his footsteps to confront the heart of darkness in the lower depth of white Europe and America. With the debut of ''Love Sex Mathematics and Other Stories,'' Arnal looms as a digital-age harbinger of the unfolding Obama century on a global scale. A poet of sustained outrage on myriads of social action fronts who dares the proposition that the dream of a child of the African Diaspora is as precious as that of a king, a queen and a president. Review "" ----K. W. Lee, Pioneer Asian American journalist / Commentator, Lecturer in Investigative Journalism, University of California Product Description This book is a compilation of works by LM ARNAL, ranging from science-fiction to poetry. Third World USA is the twilight journey of a young man that reminds us that misery is not always a foreign plague, but exists just behind our backyard. Brownstone takes the reader into the life of a wannabe who questions his life, after having lived it without a second thought. It also places love at the centre of healing human suffering. MetrOmpolis is a hypothetical expansion on what could become our lives, in the era of globalization. It is an unrestrained, imaginative piece, and not a science treaty. Love, Sex and Mathematics, is a romantic comedy that portrays immigrants in Western society. It is also an ode to women s sexuality and an attempt to describe why relationships fail. Lastly, a few Un-Kind Poems, celebrating love, sorrow, and freedom. WRITINGS BY MULTICULTURAL POET LM ARNAL RACISM IS A REFLEX Racism is a reflex blind yet methodic, that flexes its muscle perpetually over sunny people’s un-owned destiny adaptable, recyclable, while depending on the culture, the era, the rhetoric repackaged constantly in the same lame old flick moronic joke, or academic books racism is a reflex of thought every time you think me promiscuous, want me meek and subservient, as if my mind could not reflect the stars the assumption that we flirt when we’re just being friendly and are stupid for being too kind; or aggressive when we are just being assertive and defenders of our rights Racism is a reflex … your hand on my body, unwelcome, infuriating your bossing me around, up and down life’s slopes and rancor … of persistent behavior demeaning and simple, that wants you to ditch me the menial tasks, the ungrateful jobs; mainstreamed and uniform, that perpetuates the sexual degradation, the refusal of familial or marital commitment Racism is a reflex, human, adamant and criminal Especially among those who claim they are offended to be called a ‘racist,’ still in denial Racism: a reflex That not even sex can eradicate next Wherever we set foot or living quarters Racism is alive and here to stay, contaminating with its silent rage the innocent and the sage, As long as humanity will not feel one and only, in the immense yet lonely galaxy PEACE Please (impromptu)… Pathetic, irremediable return to pain : a path Ebony warm embrace in the so cold world Ancient, armored advocates of anguish Course and curse of Chronos in the midst of a wish Emotional elegies to empty elaborations …PEACE (haiku) Fierce mire of wights’ fears, A world – of stained stars and stench – Where sole death is peace. http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/love-sex-and-mathematics-other-stories-and-the-un-kind-poems/15255581?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/1 PAINTINGS AND BOOK INFO ARE FEATURED ON FB: http://www.facebook.com/LM.ARNAL http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=30942&texte_recherche=ARNAL PRESENTATION of LOVE, SEX AND MATHEMATICS The reasons why this book was written: "Si del cielo te caen limones aprende a hacer limonada" ("if the sky drops lemons on you, you've got to learn how to make lemonade") El Gran Varon, Willie Colon LM ARNAL is a multiracial writer who grew up without family in Europe, at a time when mixed relationships were still taboo, and who migrated at a young age to the United States. In Europe, after studying literature and political philosophy ARNAL found the weight of racism too thwarting and decided to travel as an adventurer. The United States was a place where everything seemed possible, and it was easy for this soon-to-be-writer to learn many skills to be independent and remain free. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Henry Miller, George Orwell, Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, and Fassbinder were ARNAL's first inspirations, then Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, and Edgar Poe, among many others. LM wrote articles, mostly for the black press (Nommo, African Affairs, Ariztos, etc) and worked as a radio programmer for many years (to broadcast reggae, jazz, African music, and panels to discuss primarily issues concerning the black community). After training as a HIV Prevention Counselor, ARNAL worked primarily within the black community to try and raise awareness and to educate different layers of the population in this domain. Later the education of professionals who deal with HIV patients became a priority on the author's agenda. In 2002, LM ARNAL edited "Poets Without Limits" an anthology of black writers from the LA Area. Then after seeing the failure of HIV Programs and the refusal in that circle to hire dedicated people, versus corrupt bureaucrats, ARNAL decided to write a script to fight HIV and change behaviors and which is included in the compilation "Love, Sex and Mathematics." The beliefs in honor, courage, justice and generosity are the values that motivate LM ARNAL to continue the struggle for a fairer world. Because humans "are created equals" and should be taught not to let the world corrupt them. “I know that my book, at times, might seem a little harsh. But after so many years of HIV Prevention, during which I saw so many professionals fake it and treat people like dirt, I decided that I would write a book. It was meant to possibly change behaviours and teach people of African descent another way to look at life and their problems, in order to learn how to solve them on their own. What pained me most was the violence I saw, within couples and within the family, the abusive relationships that prevailed, the abuse of children who then grow up crippled before being given a chance in the world. I wanted to find out what are the beliefs that make our people caught up in so much self-hatred, the beliefs and choices they make willingly that keep them captive despite money or success. We always have a choice, and it is time to make the right one, not only for us but also for those around us. For in the end, we are responsible for the fairness or unfairness of others: if we don’t have character, courage, and caring (my 3Cs) who will ever respect us and our children?” For any questions related to the book "Love, Sex, and Mathematics": http://www.lulu.com/product/couverture-souple/love-sex-and-mathematics-other-stories-and-the-un-kind-poems/15255581?productTrackingContext=product_view/more_by_author/right/1 ...Questions can be forwarded to karamooko@yahoo.com BOOKS PUBLISHED Poets Without Limits Love, Sex and Mathematics -- -- ************************************ Kill greed distrust and racism, before they kill us ***********************ARNAL -- ************************************ Kill greed distrust and racism, before they kill us ***********************ARNAL

Africa is a Country
Africa is a Country

"Central Africa" is not East Africa and West Africa combined. At least get the basics right.

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