Gone fishing! Goodby 2017

Postage stamp Burkina Faso 1983 Boy fishingActually gone skiing, in the miserable snow of Bear Valley… what’s that you said about global climate change Donald Trump? C’est faux!

And anyway, gone fishing? I’m a vegetarian. So not likely.  But it is just an expression. And I liked the stamp. And I want to try to meet Lougue Kou, the illustrator, if he is still alive, in Burkina Faso.

A couple of end of year book notes.

Yasmina Khadra, Double blanc. Police procedural, hard-boiled, tons of Algerian-French. Interesting but the plot was not very compelling and the super-integrity commissaire not that believable.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling. Truly atrocious, the telling was not worth telling. I have always enjoyed her ethnography-informed science-fiction, but this new-agey claptrap had almost no plot (eventually, wander into the mountains of wisdom) and must have disapprovingly noted that bad people burn books about 100 times on the way.


About mkevane

Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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