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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday Tracks: Africa Edition: An Interlude


dh said...

Rion when are you leaving, and when are you coming back?

Rion Amilcar Scott said...

Ha! People who used to e-mail me now leave blog comments! Ha!

Leaving July 2nd, returning July 22.

dh said...

OK, here are real comments.

I don't think you're going to see any cheetahs.

Are you able to go out of Accra? Kakum National Park looks awesome.

I didn't realize Accra was so close to Lomé. I have a friend there I haven't talked to in years. I wish I could go with you to see him. I really let him down as a friend and have lost touch. It is one of a few big regrets in my life. That is another story though.

I think Richard answered this question?

Rion Amilcar Scott said...

Yeah, Rich did answer that question. I wonder if I'll have a similar awakening in Ghana. It would mean that I would have to re-write just about all my stories.

dh said...

Is there a difference, though, in having a character use a word, reflecting a reality, and a person using a word in conversation, or from a stage or in a first-person song? Thinking specifically how Pryor defined it.

I don't know.

dh said...

This is a slightly different topic, but it seems related.

Mary Gaitskill on politically correctness.

Rion Amilcar Scott said...

That first person song or comedy monologue is representing a reality too, just like a story. It is hard for me to believe that hiding a word, therefore making the art less honest, will make things better for people in the world. It'll just make the art less true, thus lowering the quality of that art. Which, I think, makes people's lives worse in very subtle ways.

dh said...

You're right, I think--and I think Gaitskill says something similar.

But OK, I don't think anyone would accuse Public Enemy, to go back very far in years, of being less honest? I don't think of them as hiding words though, either. Gah, those guys are almost 50. Wow.

This is a different question, maybe. And I don't have an answer. It's a calculus problem.