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Friday, 31 August 2007

Links, links, links

Junot Díaz; photo by Lily Oei from the Village Voice

- In the Village Voice, James Hannaham reviews the new Junot Díaz novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao--his first book since Drown, ten years ago:

...as Zadie Smith called her White Teeth, Oscar Wao is a bit of a "hyperactive ginger-haired 10-year-old"—though Díaz's book is definitely a moreno. Its rapid-fire, profane, and hilarious voice recalls one of John Leguizamo's monologues, Mambo Mouth or Spic-O-Rama, underscored with footnotes lampooning the political and social history of the Dominican Republic under Trujillo, the DR's Latin-style Kim Jong Il.

(Small point of correction: in his opening paragraph, Hannaham describes Derek Walcott as Trinidadian. I'm sure his St. Lucian readers won't be amused.)

- At Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog, the energetic Kwame Dawes writes about his dislike of obscurity for its own sake in poetry; the links between truth and fiction in literature; and his memories of eating porridge in his grandfather's house in Lome.

- Reading a book about the American Civil War leads Pamela Mordecai to contemplate the immense responsibilities of teachers.

- Tumelo Mosaka of the Brooklyn Museum talks about Infinite Island on the Leonard Lopate Show on New York Public Radio.

- And the 2007 Antigua and Barbuda Independence Homecoming Literary Arts Competition is now open, "to all published and non-published writers", according to an article in the Antigua Sun.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Actually we (OK maybe another St. Lucian actually read it) didn't take it too personally. I mean there is a very good reason why many people sometimes label him as Trinidadian and a could reason why he was referenced as one in this article (to make the connection to Naipaul). He DID spent perhaps his most productive period there. I am more concerned with those who label him as Trinidadian more out of ignorance. But since Hannaham did identify Fanon and Cesaire as Martinicans,just up the road, I would like to believe he probably does know his stuff. Then again,one never knows...By the way, does Walcott have citizenship or anything from Trinidad? I saw some interview with him where he was complaining about all the paperwork needed to travel between islands and made reference to Trinidad.