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Don’t forget about your library for out-of-print books!

The always excellent boingboing.net today again mentions a book I am quite fond of. Glorifying Terrorism is a book of short stories originally written to protest the 2006 UK Terrorism Act, a law which made it illegal to produce works of art or literature that “glorify terrorism.” As many were quick to observe, this makes [...]

Gorée Island

It is strange to go as a tourist to historic sites commemorating tragedy. Gorée Island is best known as the launching point of many of the slave ships bound for the new world. While they were being held awaiting transport, many of the slaves were kept at what is now known as the House of [...]

Senegal – Day 2

My second day in Senegal was much better than the first. After reading my guidebook last night I realized Gorée Island’s museums are closed on Mondays, so I’m postponing that trip until tomorrow. Today I walked all over Dakar, visiting all the art museums and galleries within walking distance. I also managed to negotiate shopping [...]

Senegal – Day 1

After close to 24 hours of travel (most of it spent in Atlanta, admittedly) I got to Dakar around 5am this morning, local time. Now it’s about 9pm local time, we’ve just heard the call to prayer, and I’m waiting for a pizza. It has been an exhausting day.
At the airport I quickly realized [...]