Fighting ‘Erasure’

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Magazine, Feb. 2, 2016 EFFORTS TO FORCE collective amnesia are as old as conquest. The Roman decree damnatio memoriae — ‘‘condemnation of memory’’ — punished individuals by destroying every trace of them from the city, down to chiseling faces off statues. It was considered a fate worse than execution.Continue reading “Fighting ‘Erasure’”

A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By Parul Sehgal, Tin House Summer Issue, 2013 Sinclair Lewis wrote that “every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.” Few writers have so flagrantly flouted these pressures as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the celebrated Nigerian author of Half of a Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck. Her newContinue reading “A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”