I just read the essay “It Is Obscene” from https://www.chimamanda.com/ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose book “Americanah” I bought but haven’t read yet. And it is such a wonderful essay, in which the author describes a student of her workshop who criticized her unfairly or heartlessly.
People who ask you to ‘educate’ yourself while not having actually read any books themselves, while not being able to intelligently defend their own ideological positions, because by ‘educate,’ they actually mean ‘parrot what I say, flatten all nuance, wish away complexity.’
The last portion “Part Three” of this essay is the best and I really enjoy reading it. I wonder if the person mentioned in this essay would give a reply–preferably with equally beautiful verses–to this essay, kind of like Sartre vs. Camus, Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr, Cornel West vs. Ta-Nehisi Coates. These are the kind of literary as well as political fights I would love to witness.
Seriously, I would love to see a big fight between two literary figures, where all the nuances are un-flattened, complexity explored, parroting ridiculed. And two women literary figures fight an epic battle, leaving Sartre and Camus in the dust. That will be fun.