The Thing Around Your Neck


The Thing Around Your Neck
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published June 16, 2009
240 pages

Last September, I wrote an ode to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (you can read it here). Since I wrote that post, Adichie has given me more reasons to love her. Just a few weeks back, she was Wellesley’s commencement speaker. Her speech was about “gender and justice” (“Class of 2015, please go out there and make feminism a raucous, inclusive party.”) with little tidbits of advice thrown in for good measure (“Please do not twist yourselves into shapes to please.”). It’s short (about 20 minutes) and worth watching in its entirety: Continue reading