Site Updates (end of May 2019)

I haven’t participated in a meme in a while and a Sunday Post longer still. So I’m doing The Sunday Post by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer and The Sunday Salon at ReaderBuzz just to sum up some of the recent (May-June 2019 only) activity on the blog.

Updated/Tweaked (in case you missed it!) –

My Bio page
My page of published Fiction and Poetry
The CREATIVE SPACE series with a new post reviewing a local youth production of Nobel Prize Winning Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Shared/Liked (from other blogs) –

The PBS blog’s discussion re harmful (and grossly incorrect) stereotypes
Author Elaine Spires new book news
A Caribbean blogger’s art-related post which though it focused on Jamaica and a Jamaican artist in particular I felt had resonance vis-à-vis the Caribbean art scene

Posted about –

Two Netflix shows I planned to check out – one ‘Always be my Maybe’ I’ve since checked out (it was fun). ETA: The second – Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us about the Central Park Five is breaking my heart as I type this.

Books I’ve posted about since my Blogger on Books series moved to this site – which I subsequently edited to add Animal Farm by George Orwell (an unexpected audio book listen). I’ve since finished another unexpected audio book listen The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (which was really a nostalgia kick since I saw the movie when I was a kid) and the first two books in the comic book series Ororo: Before the Storm (another take on the origins of my favourite X-Men). I hope to finish up the rest of the series shortly. Meanwhile, though, my most active read of the past week has been Brenda Lee Browne’s London Rocks (which has been my bus ride-a-long and as such is almost done); I’m still inching along with Fire and Fury by Michael Wolf and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by by Milan Kundera (less and less interested in the former as I read on, while the latter continues to be a complex and interesting). The only new review added to the site have been Animal Farm and a quick take on The Outsiders

Three Caribbean women writers who had major breakthroughs recently –for poetry lovers reading this, you might want to check out Bocas Poetry Prize winner Doe Songs by Danielle Boodoo Fortune

Two posts spotlighting my own writing – my creative piece Zombie Island – here’s an excerpt

“Run,” my mother shouted, pushing me, and I hesitated.

“Run,” she shouted, throwing herself into its path, and I took off, through our back door, over the back fence, past the date palms and the lemon trees out back, past the mango tree that was just coming to come, and the soursop tree that never would in this perennially thirsty soil. I ran and ran, my mother’s dying screams like a siren in my ears, fear and guilt heavy in my heart.

– (leave a comment if you read it); and Sally, a climate change series I did for a client a little while ago and finally posted in full online linked to my online portfolio (share my services to those who need it)

And thanks for reading.

7 thoughts on “Site Updates (end of May 2019)

  1. I’m reading Spiderman Anancy, one of the 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read. It was written by James Berry and features what is described as a “West Indies trickster.” I’m surprised how deeply flawed all the characters are. That’s unusual for a children’s book.

    You have read some wonderful books lately. The older I get, the more I want to read what is best, rather than what is newest. Animal Farm, The Outsiders, Unbearable Lightness of Being…all of these are great!

    Have a delightful week.

    • Anansi is a trickster god of West African origin and his stories are stories we grow up hearing in the Caribbean (we love Anansi stories) – interesting observation about the character flaws (maybe reflective of a different sensibility with respect to childhood…possibly…but possibly too much to explore here) – people have different takes on Anansi of course – but he is enduringly popular in these parts – to me, like a certain trickster god of Norse and MCU mythology (Loki), he is far from saintly but quite clever, and there are lessons to be learnt about brains over brawn (how he used his smarts to best stronger animals like snake and tiger in Philip Sherlock’s Anansi Tales/Illustrated Anansi for example while being the smallest), resilience (never count him out, the fact that Anansi tales survive when so much else has been lost is testimony to that), and sometimes getting your comeuppance (since 50 times out of 100 Anansi gets some type of comeuppance – in a King Obstinate calypso from my childhood the birds took back all their feathers which had temporarily granted him the gift of flight and left him stranded on account of his badmindedness). I don’t know the particular book mentioned though but, yes, Anansi is a childhood favourite…favourite of a fare amount of Caribbean adults as well. and Anansi is a character (mythological though he is) that keeps being updated and/or re-invented by new writers (Caribbean and non-Caribbean) which is fun.

      Thanks for commenting.

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