Seer of ghosts & weaver of stories

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the dangers of a single story:
(from deepad, via glass_icarus)


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Ooh, I'm going out now but I will make sure to watch this later. I discovered the brilliance of TED talks just this past weekend!

I've been watching them for maybe a year now. Love 'em!

I didn't realise how much the stories with the ginger beer in them - I never knew what that was either, and I've still never tried it - had an effect on my internal landscape until I was really quite grown up. (If I am.) I think my unconscious still feels childhood means something that vanished in 1960. But of course the people in the stories at least still looked like me and spoke like me. I didn't realise that that was a privilege till I was quite a bit older as well.

I didn't try gingerbeer till I was in my early 20s, probably. You just couldn't get it where I grew up! It's now one of my favorite drinks, though.

Thank you for linking this.

Two things about it resonate for me: the main point, which she uses such wonderful examples to underline, and also the question she addresses briefly in the beginning of what influences your writing.

The second one resonates especially well right now because I've been doing a lot of thinking about the implications of growing up with stories that do not reflect your own experience.

I grew up with oral stories that reflected my experience, and reading stories that largely didn't reflect my experience. I was very interested in YA novels set in other places and times.

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