by Ben Okri published in The New Yorker
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A man becomes obsessed with the fact that stranger...Show description
Posted 773 days ago
I was not a fan of this story. It seemd forced, in a way that the author kind of came up with scenarios to get across a motive. I did not get the emotions or thoughts of the speaker.
But even though I didn't like the story itself, the topic is thought-provoking. The mask that he put on at the end seems to be a white one, becoming part of white culture and "accepted" by strangers. I don't know anything about the feeling of being perceived as dangerous, but I imagine the author does, or at least has first-hand accounts of it. I just feel this could have been conveyed in a much more interesting structure.