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  • Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.

     Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.
    Academia has always been an easy target for mockery. Henry Kissinger observed that university politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low, and one logical extension is that liberal arts departments are steeped in self-importance precisely because their impact on the "real world" is negligible.
  • Africa's most influential celebrity is author Chinua Achebe

    Snooki is a celebrity who writes books. In Africa, on the other hand, writing literary books can make you a celebrity.

    Book review: 'Chike and the River' by Chinua Achebe

    Nigerian author Chinua Achebe's 1966 children's book "Chike and the River" is back in print.

    Philip Roth wins Man Booker International Prize, sparks controversy

    A judge withdraws from the Man Booker International Prize jury when the award goes to Philip Roth. "He goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book," she says. "It's as though he's sitting on your face and you can't breathe."

    Chinua Achebe and the Gish Prize

    On Wednesday, Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe will accept the Gish Prize in New York. Named for actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish, known best for their waiflike presences in silent films, the prize comes with a silver medallion and a significant...