Binyavanga and swinging from pathos to bathos: The follies of non-conformity

What you need to know:

  • The ultimate tragedy of Binyavanga’s documentary is the ease with which he slides into a diatribe against Pentecostals — as if homosexuality can only be popularised by bashing something or someone else’s conformity.

I am concerned about the literary import of Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina’s coming out. Not the legal or the social or the economic or political value of his revelations this week, just the literary quality and impact of his telling; a narrative of epic proportions. 


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