I am currently reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, Americanah, and this is a topic that she touches on in detail through the relationship she develops between the main character, Ifemelu, and her boyfriend, Blaine:

To me, I think this exchange between Ifemelu and Blaine really connects with what you’re saying here. Yes, Ifemelu was approaching heavy topics in her blog posts in a more lighthearted way than an academic would, but what Blaine was forgetting is that academia is only one medium through which depth can be evoked; it is only one medium through which we examine truth.

Making everything serious by necessitating “depth” is a sure way of killing joy…and it’s a sure way of missing the point.

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Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams

Writer, book nerd and music & singing lover. Find my first poetry eBook, “I Was I” on Amazon Kindle (amzn.to/2Tp723z).

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