Paul Theroux is Almost Right
As Theroux points out in this article, Africa suffers from a very bad case of brain drain. Case in point: I, an English lecturer, work here at this American paper; my sister, a lawyer, works over my head; my father, an economist, now lives down the road from this office; my aunt, an accountant, lives in Greenwood; my cousin, an electrical engineer, works downtown; my other cousin, a corporate accountant, works in Bellevue, and so on and so forth. The article’s main wrong is the comparison that’s made between Bono and a famous character in Dicken’s Bleak House, mad Mrs Jellyby. That is nothing but a cheap (literary) shot.