“I grew up in a tradition where there are simply more dimensions to reality: legends and myths and ancestors and spirits and death … Which brings the question: what is reality? Everyone’s reality is different. For different perceptions of reality we need a different language. We like to think that the world is rational and precise and exactly how we see it, but something erupts in our reality which makes us sense that there’s more to the fabric of life. I’m fascinated by the mysterious element that runs through our lives. Everyone is looking out of the world through their emotion and history. Nobody has an absolute reality.” Ben Okri
Reading for Wednesday: Two very short stories: Ben Okri “Shadows of War” and “Worlds that Flourish.” Ben Okri is a writer from Nigeria – these stories were published 1988 and reflect the time of the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) in the city of Lagos where Okri grew up.
Reading for Friday: Story “Stars of the New Curfew” 83-114
Reading for Monday: Finish “Stars”
We’ll also talk more about the Simulacrum and Disneyland on Wednesday – do you see ways it relates to what we have read so far? Can you think of more “real” examples? Keep thinking about it as we read the Okri stories!