No. 18 • November 2008

Image above: Detail of The Kingdom of the Blind (2008), by Hew Locke; mixed media installation, dimensions variable; courtesy the artist and the Institute of International Visual Arts


Finding his centre
Jeremy Taylor on The World Is What It Is: The Authorised Biography of V.S. Naipaul, by Patrick French, and The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul, dir. Adam Low

Death’s other kingdom
Brendan de Caires on The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery, by Vincent Brown

All in the family
Kelly Baker Josephs on Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, ed. Thomas Glave

Echoes in the bone
F.S.J. Ledgister on After-Image, by Dennis Scott

It takes a village
Lisa Allen-Agostini on The Same Earth, by Kei Miller

Islands are worlds
Robert Edison Sandiford on Elemental, by John Robert Lee

Consider the camel
Anu Lakhan on Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture, by B.W. Higman

Ways of seeing
John T. Gilmore on Slavery, Sugar, and the Culture of Refinement: Picturing the British West Indies, 1700–1840, by Kay Dian Kriz

Less is more
Melanie Archer on Meiling: Fashion Designer, by Judy Raymond

Tuffer than tough
Geoffrey Dunn on Bob Marley, by Garry Steckles

From the New World
Simon Lee on Music in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Encyclopedic History, ed. Malena Kuss

Gavin O’Toole on An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President, by Randall Robinson
Charmaine Valere on Fictions, Volume 1, by Ruel Johnson

Other new and recent books



Frankly speaking

Riotous assemblage
Nicholas Laughlin on The Kingdom of the Blind, by Hew Locke

Freedom fighter
Remembering David de Caires (1937–2008)

“Criticism as a question”
David Scott talks to Nicholas Laughlin about Small Axe

“Every poem is incomplete”
Selections from the poetry notebooks of Martin Carter, introduced by Rupert Roopnaraine

The Carpenter Seals Lily’s Widowhood, by Nicolette Bethel
Night in the Gardens and Shield-Shaped, by Vahni Capildeo
Ol’ Mary, by Jason D. Hill

Philip Nanton on the Frank Collymore archive