Walcott/Obama–part three?

The New York Times ran a nifty little story yesterday by Motoko Rich, about the wave of excitement triggered in publishing circles by Barack Obama’s mention of a book he’s…

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Book of the week: If I Could Write This in Fire, by Michelle Cliff

We are a fragmented people. My experience as a writer coming from a culture of colonialism, a culture of Black people riven from one another, my struggle to achieve wholeness…

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"The whole concept of sensibility"

Yesterday I posted an interview with the young Guyanese writer Ruel Johnson here at Antilles, in which he spoke about the importance of Caribbean writers’ “engagement with the particular geo-social…

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Talking to Ruel Johnson

Ruel Johnson appeared on the Caribbean’s literary radar almost out of nowhere in 2002, when the manuscript of Ariadne and Other Stories won the Guyana Prize for Literature for best…

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NE4: Blades

Detail of Self-Image (2008), by Lillian Blades; mixed media assemblage NE4–the Fourth National Biennial Exhibition–opened at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in July 2008, and runs until the…

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"Space for the quiet epiphanies"

The current issue of the International Journal of Scottish Literature takes for its theme the topic of “Caribbean-Scottish passages”. The scholarly papers and other essays collected by editors Gemma Robinson…

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"The starting point for our national conversation"

The New York Review of Books–which has inspired dozens of other book-reviewing periodicals around the world, including, yes, the CRB–is forty-five years old. (See the anniversary issue online here; the…

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Perfection of the life or of the work?

More reviews in the North American press of The World Is What It Is, Patrick French’s Naipaul biography. In the Austin American-Statesman, Michael Barnes suggests that …the odd effect of…

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Book of the week: Against the Grain, by E.A. Markham

I missed choosing an Antilles book of the week last week, dear readers–I was distracted by the news of David de Caires’s death. And this week’s choice reminds me of…

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Walcott/Obama part two

Perhaps Barack Obama came across the poem Derek Walcott wrote for him, published two days ago in the London Times, and wanted to read more of Walcott’s work; or perhaps…

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