Every one
knows’, writes Paulhan, ‘that there are two literatures in
our time, the bad, which is really unreadable (it is widely
read) and the good, which is not read.

I think it is generally accepted that the Abrahamic faiths deliberately misconstrued Esu and his representations.

I once met a painter in Bornowho said things I couldn’t hearbecause I didn’t speak the language of water;who said he painted his filigrees and bamboo workswith two hearts and a soul in light of […]

“We who are born in an ever-contested landscape recognize this, and perhaps we recognize it more intensely.”

“He had seen that gait every day for six years and had grown to hate the arrogance it exuded. It was Fatai, and he was holding a purse.”

“Yet man continued to have his eyes trained on the heavens; even literally, before the invention of telescopes.”

“In the Yoruba tradition a house is not a solitary piece of architecture––it is a solid mass of a host of houses which, when put together, form a compound, or more correctly, an agbo ile.”

A WRITER as widely read as Sartre invariably suffers from a contempt bred by familiarity. Long after his death in April 1980, the reactions elicited by mention of his name range from adulation to dismissal, with many of the latter in the vein of what Sartre once described as the superiority of live dogs to dead lions.