Good or bad? Wrong question.

We’re obsessed with hierarchies. We see thing A and thing B and instinctively wonder which comes first. It’s why kids argue about whose dad is stronger and fans about whether Batman or Iron Man is smarter. (For the record, the answer is always Batman.) Our minds are meaning-making machines—which means we will sometimes impose some …

“Black Panther” raises big questions about identity & loyalty

How the hit movie proves so effective Killmonger facing off with T’Challa: Who are you and what are you loyal to? Black Panther confronted me with two big questions I find simultaneously longstanding and fresh. The best stories are those that continue long after the last page has turned or credits have rolled. But even among …

I read 57 books in 2017: here’s my top reads

And how I categorise my reading So in 2017 I finished 57 books across 3 broad categories of reading. (I say finished because there was another 20 plus I left unfinished either out of disinterest or something else catching my attention — more on that in a bit.) I didn’t feel like that was a whole lot (I’d …

A Nigerian superhero tale is born

My thoughts on trailer for the “Dawn of Thunder” Wow. I really, really, really liked this retelling of the story of the Yoruba god of thunder, Sango (pronounced, “Shawn-go,” by the way). I thought the animation and 3D were a little choppy, but at least one person has disagreed with me and I don’t 100% trust …

Growing up as a nerdy-ish kid

…and discovering a superpower, and how to make space (This isn’t me, of course, nor did I have the glasses most of the time, really, but whatever.) I grew up loving books. I read every chance I got. I read while walking on the road, when I did house chores and during classes in school. In …

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