I was pleased to collaborate with literary site The Nervous Breakdown, which has featured an excerpt from Nigerians in Space–one of my favorites–about the reluctant abalone smuggler Thursday Malaysius. You can read it here. They’ll be posting a really fun interview soon in which I interview myself from both my Nigerian and American identities. Check out the site–there are some creative interviews from great poets and authors.
The New Yorker has a great piece by Paul Ford on the emergence of HTML5 and standard-setting bodies for the web. You don’t have to understand the technical details, but these discussions will affect our experience of the internet in the decades to come:
A standard is a skewed mirror of culture, and HTML5 is no different. Here is what it tells us we care about: words, headlines, video, and audio. We like to organize things into lists, and we like to look at pictures. And we want everything to be capable of animation and interaction—every letter, every tag, every structural element. Every bit of HTML5 is open to interpretation by code, available to be twisted, rotated, and manipulated by its users.
I was thrilled to learn (by Twitter!) that Nigerians in Space has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award:
I also picked Olukotun’s novel as one of my favorite works of speculative fiction in 2014. In mid-90’s Houston, Dr. Wale Olufunmi is tasked with stealing a piece of the moon from the United States and returning it to Nigeria.
You can get the book here.
About the Museum and Cultural Center
Why the Museum Matters
I won't sugar coat this—the museum definitely could use your support. The displays were not all working properly and it was not even possible to buy anything from the gift shop. The best thing to do is probably just visit the museum itself. But if you can give more, then you should. It could create the next George Washington Carver or Mae Jemison, or just instill a young mind with extraordinary belief.