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Take Your Time With: Bad Writing About Africa, and Brazil’s (Literally) Killer TV

My weekly recs for things to do beyond the news cycle…

Read:How to Write about Africa, a satirical masterpiece by the pathbreaking Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina who died last week at age 48. "An AK-47, prominent ribs, naked breasts: use these. If you must include an African, make sure you get one in Masai or Zulu or Dogon dress."

Watch:Killer Ratings, about the Brazilian TV personality and politician Wallace Souza, who gained huge popular support with a show about fighting crimes. The only problem: He was behind those crimes. At a time when reality TV and politics are already melding to terrifying effect, you need to see this.


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