Chinua Achebe: Cycles and Lines

There is a stillness today, Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, died at 82 years. The thing about Mr. Achebe’s noted work is not necessarily what a great story it is, but what it taught us. He showed us the cyclical nature of the oral tradition in storytelling and what happens when that world meets the linear narrative of the Western traditions.

Chandelier at New York Society for Ethical Culture

Chandelier at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Indeed we may even come to understand that things need not have to be in a line and perhaps might be better if they are not.

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