amaah + toli + perception   30

Functional Defenestration
on editorial genuflections in the internet age and the importance of satire
SmallThings  web  attention  capitalism  values  commerce  satire  commons  communities  culture  observation  groups  hustle  marketing  media  rant  whimsy  perception  DarkMatter  toli 
september 2017 by amaah
An African Leader Bestiary
"When you are surrounded by vultures, try not to die" - Ivorian proverb.
hatchet  job  Africa  dictator  rogues  culture  politics  power  strategy  Nigeria  Ghana  Cameroon  observation  perception  history  toli  hatchetjob 
march 2017 by amaah
Trouble Ticket
For indeed, would you really rather Prefer Freud to an errant spell-checker?
life  modernity  glitches  culture  poetry  observation  race  perception  technology  software  error  sensitivity  USA  dilemma  Small  Things  humour  toli 
november 2015 by amaah
To Make The Road Fearful
Prosecutor: Mr Witness, what did Reflection tell you about who shot Superman? Reading cautionary tales and other dark matters at the Special Court on Sierra Leone
absurd  toli  murder  SierraLeone  Liberia  Africa  war  civil  war  language  law  trial  culture  observation  perception  reading  drama  tragedy  literature  review  memory  politics  history  rogues  blood  violence  TheRoughBeast  ThingsFallApart 
april 2015 by amaah
A Resource Action
You've been surplussed. That was the word used. This is a resource action. That was the phrase used. some real-time poetry from the archives
Things  Fall  Apart  work  waste  observation  loss  The  Rough  Beast  perception  job  poetry  toli  USA  personal  life  IBM  irony  language  culture 
june 2013 by amaah
Lagos 1975
The city of Lagos, Nigeria, as seen through the lens of a 1975 guidebook.
history  urban  Nigeria  Lagos  observation  perception  Africa  toli  photography  culture  city 
may 2013 by amaah
New and Improved
diaper wipes given the new and improved treatment. muckraking toli
observation  New  Formula  marketing  snake  oil  perception  backlash  strategy  rant  commodities  toli  whimsy  pricing  deception  USA  capitalism  irritation  packaging  Hard  Sell  sales  economics  design 
march 2013 by amaah
The Art of Omission
On Teju Cole's Open City, omissions and the quest for normalcy
toli  reading  writing  Nigeria  Africa  USA  TejuCole  race  review  normalcy  appreciation  perception  observation  culture  literature 
march 2012 by amaah
All Available Indignities
He who tests the depth of a stream with both feet must be prepared to swim. - Ewe proverb, Ghana
tyrants  rogues  literature  quotes  history  dissent  anger  revolution  groups  organization  crowds  culture  observation  perception  zingers  tyranny  toli 
january 2011 by amaah
Anatomy Lessons
Was someone somewhere considering reuniting Napoleon's tooth with Napoleon's toothbrush? Inquiring minds want to know. / I think to that incongruous image of a heavy bible dropping with vicious, but medical, intent onto my supine wrist.
body  soul  language  anatomy  teeth  Napoleon  medicine  science  bible  humour  funny  ganglion  polyp  Bush  life  literature  WillSelf  perception  observation  ephemera  culture  apophenia  serendipity  toli  ObserversAreWorried 
july 2007 by amaah
Of No Fixed Abode
It is the mask of a man of no name, of indeterminate age, of unclear nationality and of no fixed abode. "Devious schemers. Lost nerves - Enemy combatants. Collateral damage - Modern travellers Prison shelters"
London  Ghana  bombing  21/7  7/7  2007  terrorism  loss  waste  crime  anomie  identity  theft  reflection  globalization  Africa  culture  observation  perception  poetry  FallenAngels  immigration  diaspora  ThingsFallApart  toli 
july 2007 by amaah
Types and Faces
The Neuland font and typeface prompts a journey down the river Congo passing through Equatorial Guinea to visit rogues, Malian guitarists, and South African rooibos farmers marketed by Americans. Stereotypography and blackface. Breasts, nudity etc
typeface  design  culture  aesthetic  stereotypes  Africa  black  typography  graphic  history  publishing  USA  African-American  Congo  literature  race  identity  perception  observation  Gide  toli 
march 2007 by amaah
The Books of Nima
The full Ghanaian experience straight from the slums of Nima. "How else could they laugh / Like they do when they should weep; Remembering the voiceless days of the past." "Some call it globalization; I know it as the Mosquito Principle".
Ghana  Nima  Accra  life  experience  urban  slums  web  serendipity  literature  poetry  conversation  observation  culture  interpretation  development  infrastructure  glue  perception  history  KwesiBrew  globalization  essay  SmallThings  SocialLiving  ThingsFallApart  toli  personal  wist  reading  Africa 
may 2006 by amaah
Huhudious (or Silly Season)
huhudious adj. an outrageous statement or a point of view or behaviour that beggars belief. close synonym to hubristic, breathtaking and preposterous, with the same notion of brazen, yet insouciant, arrogance on the part of the interlocutor. hoo-hoo-dious
huhudious  B-movie  life  humour  language  neologism  observation  satire  essay  rant  politics  economics  perception  culture  media  journalism  England  USA  America  Africa  hypocrisy  irony  Congo  Kabila  GreatGame  CoteD'Ivoire  Liberia  Ghana  Iraq  Iran  AbuGhraib  Guantanamo  StephenCambone  Gabon  EquatorialGuinea  China  Microsoft  Bongo  Putin  Kristof  Bolton  ThingsFallApart  toli 
may 2006 by amaah
Angola
"Oh they had themselves a field day of collateral damage... Angola is a state of mind"... and a B-movie starring Jonas Savimbi and Ronald Reagan.
Angola  Africa  Marburg  Ebola  Congo  Savimbi  Reagan  politics  war  history  rogues  neocons  waste  loss  Mobutu  USA  JamesEllroy  literature  perception  image  hardboiled  paranoia  documentary  storytelling  Abramoff  b-movie  HeartOfDarkness  ThingsFallApart  toli  writing  GreatGame  observation  America  RonaldReagan  JonasSavimbi  noir 
april 2006 by amaah
Heart of Darkness
Burnt-out cases journey down the river... A appreciation of Conrad's tale and its spawn from the African perspective. Part 5 of the Things Fall Apart series
Africa  literature  perception  image  JosephConrad  HeartOfDarkness  ChinuaAchebe  culture  film  Coppola  Imperialism  GrahamGreene  EvelynWaugh  satire  AbdulrazakGurnah  Congo  Zanzibar  art  review  ThingsFallApart  toli 
march 2006 by amaah
Voices Inside (Things Fall Apart)
An appreciation of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart - and a Donny Hathaway connection thrown in for good measure. Part 4 of the series.
literature  DonnyHathaway  perception  griot  appreciation  review  soul  toli  music  culture  modernity  Africa  tradition  ChinuaAchebe  ThingsFallApart  griots 
march 2006 by amaah
Africa, 1966
looking back at events in an important year in West African history
Africa  Ghana  Nigeria  history  politics  image  reflection  perception  ThingsFallApart  toli 
march 2006 by amaah
Identity Theft
"Sleep. Finally. Sleep / Medicine, Try To Get Better / Wake Up One Day / They Say You're A Bomber"
Part 2 of the Things Fall Apart series
Ghana  London  bombing  identity  reflection  drama  globalization  Africa  culture  terrorism  immigrant  life  Schadenfreude  journalism  branding  perception  anomie  story  ThingsFallApart  toli 
march 2006 by amaah
School of Hard Knocks (Things Fall Apart Part I)
The first part of a series. A headline is discovered for that School of Hard Knocks we call Africa: Things Fall Apart Beats Heart of Darkness.
life  Africa  literature  culture  perception  image  ChinuaAchebe  JosephConrad  HeartOfDarkness  ThingsFallApart  toli 
march 2006 by amaah
Noblesse Oblige
Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own... As the Lord has told me, there are as many numerous spin-offs on the way to Heaven as there are handouts on the slippery road to Hell.
literature  satire  whimsy  observation  perception  humour  TomSharpe  JonathanSwift  Swift  toli 
february 2006 by amaah
Bullet From A Gun
The Toli Remix of Derek B's Bullet From a Gun, a hip-hop photo essay in the vein of South London's vibe. Part II of the London's Got Soul Trilogy.
London  DerekB  travel  journalism  life  photo  essay  culture  music  fun  whimsy  hip-hop  observation  perception  SouthLondon  art  collage  hubris  soul  hustle  flow  remix  toli 
july 2005 by amaah
Catford Bridge
Part 1 of the London's Got Soul trilogy... Some action-packed travel journalism
London  Catford  travel  journalism  life  photo  essay  storytelling  fun  whimsy  soul  fight  observation  perception  SouthLondon  CatfordBridge  mishaps  culture  England  toli 
july 2005 by amaah
Manifest Destiny
A savaging is in order... I read the rest of the article half expecting some Social Darwinist claptrap to emerge and it's quite close: Ignatieff's essay is simply Manifest Destiny revisited as farce.
ObserversAreWorried  buyer'sremorse  hubris  solipsism  cheek  chutzpah  blowhards  intellectuals  politics  academy  socialdarwinism  usa  Ignatieff  Friedman  america  exceptionalism  perception  narcissism  observation  rant  b-movie  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
Harvard Graduations and Okyeame
The utter mediocrity of the jokers who are ruling us boggles the mind. Their idiosyncracies, pettiness, moral failings, violence or personal corruption aside, they are a truly incompetent bunch.
harvard  graduation  cambridge  reflection  ghana  politics  rogues  life  observation  memoir  history  economics  1995  perception  writing  koranteng  Okyeame  toli  Africa 
june 2005 by amaah

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