Finger on the Pulse—August/Sept 2018

The past two months have teemed with blatant contradictions. While the days have felt like the busiest ever, they have in fact been some of the lightest in my year. While I have traversed several nations on two continents, I have frequently felt like I was shutting the world within. While I have made plenty…

Finger on the Pulse —June/July 2018

I started writing this piece on a Kenya Airways flight from Kigali to Nairobi. The sun had just set as the plane took off and millions of fireflies seemed to illuminate the city below. It had been a packed week in the land of a thousand hills that left little room for self-reflection and meditation…

#BookReview: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

When I have read biographies and auto-biographies of leaders, I’ve almost always admired –and mostly liked—the leaders; but when I recently read Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of the Amazon I tried, to no avail, to like the story’s protagonist: Jeff Bezos. Yet while it is easy to dislike Bezos,…

A Brief Review of Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me

When I think of Stay with Me, and this might be cliché, I think of that Toni Morrison quote: write the book that you would love to read. Stay with Me is the caliber of book I would love to read—and to write. Not necessarily the same plot or the same themes or the same style, but rather the way Ayobami mashes all these elements together to produce a fine story that keeps you riveted to the page from beginning to end.