Last night I read “The Story of a Scar” by James Alan McPherson, and I have to say that it is an excellent short story. The dialogue is gripping, and the characters sympathetic. I wasn’t quite sure about the ending. Not sure how/why it tied the story together; it does so in an obvious way, but in short stories like this there is a deeper text, that I just didn’t apprehend right away. Have to think more about it. I had never heard of McPherson, even though he apparently still teaches at Iowa. So I have some more stories to look forward to. His collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer prize back in 1978.
Blogs I Follow
- Good interview regarding recent dozo- koglwéogo confrontation in Karangasso-Vigué in #Burkina Faso
- Loyola University New Orleans student newspaper article on Jesuit presidents
- Excellent articles on Peulh (Fulani) mobilization in central Mali
- Opposition march in #Burkina Faso set for September 29
- Good background on Katiba Macina, Fulani rebel group in central Mali
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