Hi y’all.

I’ve read so much good stuff since the last Saturday Mind Travel, it’s going to be a lot of restraint not to just offload all that good good on you. I’ll try.

It seems to be literary fiction award season and so I’ve been making the rounds and here are my faves:

1. For the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, I thought Light by Leslie Nneka Arimah was a lovely warm story. I liked King of Settlement 4 by Kevin Jared Hosein a lot (it reminded of Olufemi Terry’s Stickfighting Days somewhat) and my fave of the lot was Famished Eels by Mary Rokonadravu, the Pacific Regional winner.

2. For the Caine Prize, I liked A Party for the Colonel the most, it’s by South African F.T. Kola (and it’s her first published story!) Elnathan John’s Flying was also a really good one.

3. For The Shirley Jackson Award, Carmen Machado’s The Husband Stitch (from the very first Saturday Mind Travel) has been nominated in the Novelette category. And Nigerian Chikodili Emelumadu’s story Candy Girl in the Short Fiction category. It’s a delightfully deliciously wicked story, go read it.

Drifting away from fiction now,

4. I read this article – Coming of Age in the Time of the Hoodie by Sarah Ladipo Manyika about raising a black teenager in America right now and I could feel all the hurt and despair from here. Here’s an extract of a poem referenced in it:

because white men can’t
police their imagination
black men are dying

5. Here’s an article in Brain Pickings about Alain de Botton’s ‘Art as Therapy’. Plenty truths there; art is more powerful than we give it credit for. And oh all the things our preferences say about us..

We are not transparent to ourselves. We have intuitions, suspicions, hunches, vague musings, and strangely mixed emotions, all of which resist simple definition. We have moods, but we don’t really know them. Then, from time to time, we encounter works of art that seem to latch on to something we have felt but never recognized clearly before. Alexander Pope identified a central function of poetry as taking thoughts we experience half-formed and giving them clear expression: “what was often thought, but ne’er so well expressed.” In other words, a fugitive and elusive part of our own thinking, our own experience, is taken up, edited, and returned to us better than it was before, so that we feel, at last, that we know ourselves more clearly.

6. Finally on a lighter note, Miafarradaily’s blog is an old favourite of mine and she’s back and given it a face-lift. She’s super witty and funny. “This site is for everyone who likes a bit of frivolity with their coffees in the morning…” Go gobble it all up!

I hope something makes you laugh, cry or think. I’ve been listening to Kodaline a lot these days, they get into my feels. Check on them.

Enjoy your weekend!

‘P.

Written by Nik-Nak