In his most recent book Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, the world-renowned Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano writes of the unacknowledged, though often stolen and plagiarized, greatness of African art. In doing so, he writes, “West African sculptors have always sung while they worked. And they do not stop singing until their sculptures are finished. That way the music gets inside the carvings and keeps on singing.”
I have to admit I am sucker for television shows and movies that are full of suspense and political intrigue. Last month marked the end of one of the most famous television shows of this genre: 24. For those of you unfamiliar with this show, it starred Kiefer Sutherland as a special agent named Jack Bauer. For eight seasons, Bauer foiled one terrorist plot after another as he raced against the clock (literally 24 hours broken into 24 episodes each season).