Other Writing

In addition to academic essays, I publish in a wide range of public-facing venues. Selected links to this writing are below:

Tribute essay,“Kwasi Wiredu’s Golden Rule,” Africa Is a Country, May 2022.

Short essay on African fiction’s visibility in 2021, The New York Times, January 2022.

Short essay, “Devils Without Details,” in a Chronicle of Higher Education forum on expertise. November 2021.

Interview with Mphuthumi Ntabeni, “The Xhosa Literary Revival,” Africa Is a Country, March 2021.

Review essay, “Writing Zimbabwe,” of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body, New Left Review (Sidecar), February 2021. 

Review, “Ivan Vladislavic and Muhammad Ali,” of Ivan Vladislavic’s The Distance, Africa Is a Country, May 2020. 

Review, “Africa ‘Without Amnesia’,” of Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu’s The Theory of Flight, Public Books, July 2019.

Review essay, “On New Zimbabwean Literature,” in n+1‘s OVERTIME issue, Winter 2019.

Contributor to “Opening the Book: Part I” on the Modernism/modernity Process blog, December 2018.

Short essay, “Obituary for an Aura,” on Popula, August 2018.

Short essay, “New African Literature is Disrupting What Western Presses Prize” at The Conversation – Africa, October 2017.

Review, “Cursed Masculinity,” of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu, Public Books, July 2017.

Class Interview with South African writer Masande Ntshanga on Brittle Paper, March 2017.

Review of Mike McCormack’s Goldsmiths Prize-winning Solar Bones in 3:AM Magazine, January 2017.

Review, “Americans in Bulgaria,” of Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You and Miroslav Penkov’s Stork Mountain, Public Books, October 2016.

Contributor to “After Columbia,” an n+1 roundtable on the NLRB decision to allow graduate student unionization, August 2016.

Review essay “Doing Philosophy Better” on Mark de Silva’s Square Wave, n+1, August 2016.

Essay, “Farewell to Pnin: The End of the Comp Lit Era,” 3:AM Magazine, July 2016.

Review essay on “The South African Novel of Ideas,” n+1, October 2015.

Essay, “The South African State of Emergency,” Africa in Words, May 2015.

Essay“African Languages, Writ Small,” State of the Discipline Report of the American Comparative Literature Association, May 2015.

Essay on the PEN/Charlie Hebdo protest, “Against Cosmo-conscientiousness,” n+1, May 2015. 

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