Breaking news! I actually got a useful forward—off a listserv, yet—“How to Write about Africa”. Worth a read, if a tad facile. But it’s from a special Granta volume, The View from Africa, and what I really wanted to post about was this excerpt from a review:

So for anyone travelling to Africa and anxious to learn about its present, my advice is; ditch your copies of Karen Blixten or Pakenham’s The Scramble for Africa and pack this edition of Granta instead.

I don’t even know what to say about the idea that someone going to Africa TODAY would think Blixten or Pakenham is the best thing to read. How….colonial.