Identity Crisis

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty Vendela Vida If you take inventory of what distinguishes you from the next guy, it’s really overwhelming. There’s the obvious stuff like your name, physical description, clothes and carried belongings; then there’s the esoteric: memories, experiences and people that populate them. In fact we seldom consider the identity fodder between…

An Alexandrian Imbaba

It really has little to do with what a place has to offer, and more to do with what you bring to and take from it; after all, everyone travels with baggage and picks up souvenirs along the way. I first visited Alexandria in 1993.  The locals called it Xandraia.  Phonetically pronounced: Scan-dray-a. I believe…

The Thing Around Your Neck

The Thing Around Your Neck Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author, Chimamanda Adichie, justifies her well-deserved acclaim in this collection of twelve short stories. She deftly combines the universality of relationships, struggles, and triumphs with snippets of history, social studies, and culture (mostly Nigerian) but, not exclusively. After all, no one and no place is an island,…