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ARTS
Thursday, February 15, 1990

The Michigan Daily
McKnight writes of
the mystic and real

Page 7

Gods rise from Aurora

BY SHARON GRIMBERG
R EGINALD McKnight writes
Whort stories; he's been writing them
since he was eight years old. And
out of the plethora his first pub-
lished collection, Moustapha's
Eclipse, winner of the 1988 Drue
Heinz Literature Prize, represents
what he calls "the very best of my
work."
It's a colorful collection of sto-
ries that resonates with compassion
nd perspicacity. A diversity of
voices echoes throughout his work.
He voices both the vehemently vio-
lent musings of a white racist in Re-
birth, and a young Black woman's
confusion over her relationship with
her white boyfriend in Peaches.
The most compelling of his sto-
ries, however, are those that emerge
from the year he spent in Senegal.
This was a year during which, be-

sides spending much of his time al-
ternately contracting and recovering
from malaria and hepatitis, he taught
English as a foreign language. These
stories, set in West Africa, deal with
the conflicts that confront a Black
American intellectual facing the
mysticism and spiritualism of tradi-
tional African folk culture.
In Mali Is Very Dangerous, a
mildly ironic tale, an American an-
thropologist arrives in Senegal with
a research grant to study the West
African market system. Within 48
hours, Moustapha Diole, "a snaggle-
toothed illiterate old man," has bam-
boozled him "into buying trinkets a
kleptomaniac would scorn." Mou-
stapha proceeds to offer his new
"friend" a juju (magic belt), after
having demonstrated its protective
power by repeatedly plunging a
pocket knife into his apparently im-
penetrable belly. The American is

BY PETER SHAPIRO
EVERY time popular culture has
been sucked dry of everything that
makes it vaguely human, it has been
rescued by a visionary's firm kick in
the butt. Whether it was Charlie
Parker, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, or
The Ramones, "somebody always
came to save America." Unfortu-
nately, no such saviour has appeared
since punk and the future is looking

Reginald McKnight
torn between cynicism and total as-
tonishment: "I alternately envisioned
myself single-handedly stopping
crime in the United States, and wind-
ing up dead from self-inflicted
wounds in my little Senegalese bun-
galow."
Though much of his work deals
with sociological issues - social
conflict within African American
culture as well as conflicts between
Black and whites - he chooses not
to see his work as largely emblem-
See MCKNIGHT, page 8

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