Review: “Technologies of the Self” by Haris A. Durrani

by Micah Yongo ‘A person’s identity,’ Lebanese-French author Amin Maalouf once wrote, ‘is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole person will react, the whole drum will sound.’ It was these words that came to mind as I finished reading Haris A.… Read More

Interview: Peter Kalu on Black and Asian Writers Walking Confidently Within a Changing World

We pick the brains of author Peter Kalu, who runs the annual Black and Asian Writer’s Conference, about the book industry, the need for more diversity in the arts, and the challenges facing writers of colour in the UK today. Read More

The Top 10 Films of 2014

by Micah Yongo Two hours of sitting still, often in dark eerie spaces, locked in cobbled communion with a group of fellow strangers by a shared commitment to stare at eighty square feet of lit canvas. We’ve come a long way from tales told round the campfire. Still, what remains the same is how those tales… Read More

“Popular culture” is no longer a “marketplace of ideas.” It’s a cartel.

An Exclusive interview with Bill Campbell by Micah Yongo How did your interest in science fiction begin? It was in college and, like so many things in college, it was because of a woman. A friend of mine who knew I’d wanted to be a writer and knew my “left of center” tastes gave me… Read More

What is Afrofuturism?

by Micah Yongo You need only cast a quick glance over the considerable career of someone like Isaac Asimov to note the prescient, directive power of science-fiction. The man who coined both the word and idea of robotics in his classic I, Robot and, in his 1964 article, Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014,… Read More

Doing the Right Thing: Black Film and TV in a Biased World

by Micah Yongo  ‘You know, where I come from, there are a lot of different ways of being black.’ ‘Well, then you one lucky black man. But see, blood, ‘bout now, where you come from ain’t where you at… Roun’ here, they only got the one way of being black, and sooner or later that’s the… Read More

Why Art Matters. Re-imagining The Great Gatsby

by Micah Yongo Cue the credits, then the music, and our numbed seats rise slowly in unison, and a room of strangers together arch their spines, stretch their legs, and spread their arms, as though for flight, as the cosy dimness finally lifts and ushers us back to reality with the sated sigh of having… Read More