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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.

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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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