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There Is But One Story with Many Tellings

We were listening to

Morning Edition

on NPR (FM 88.7) this morning when we heard an interview with Aminatta Forna, author of

Ancestor Stones

, a fictional chronicle of the lives of five Sierra Leonean women.

The author read a passage that detailed a hungry crowd’s reaction when a box of lipstick accidentally arrived instead of food. The women, rather than being upset, joyously took hold of the makeup and used it to reestablish their humanity. It was a touching tale. It was also very similar to the manifesto of street artist Banksy. We’re just saying.—Keith Plocek

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