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Screening notes

by Nicholas Laughlin on October 26, 2010

Stephen Tyrone Williams and Johnny Ferro in Children of God, directed by Kareem Mortimer. Photograph courtesy the trinidad+tobago film festival The September 2010 issue of the CRB wraps up today, with the publication of our latest “Also noted” column, featuring brief reviews of ten recent books from and about the Caribbean. (They include Cecil Gray’s [...]


“A dangerous balance between silence and art”

by Nicholas Laughlin on October 20, 2010

Marcel Numa and Louis Drouin (at left), moments before their execution; Port-au-Prince, November 1964 . . . on November 12, 1964, two pine poles are erected outside the national cemetery. A captive audience is gathered. Radio, print, and television journalists are summoned. Numa and Drouin are dressed in what on old black-and-white film seem to [...]

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Listening: Les Loups Noirs

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 26, 2010

It is a stuffy Thursday afternoon, thunder is rolling off in the distance, and your Antilles blogger is hunched at his desk, trying to clear through miscellaneous CRB paperwork, as we prepare to wrap up the current issue of the magazine and begin publication of the next. Les Loups Noirs are keeping me company. The [...]

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This week’s Twitter highlights

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 14, 2010

• DaWire (@DaWireTweets) on the 2010 San Juan Feria de Arte Sonoro (Sound Art Fair): • RT @georgiap: Mapping Haiti’s patrimony: the Mapping Haitian History Project: • NPR on a new biography of Julio Lobo, “Sugar King of Havana” (link via Repeating Islands): • James Bridle: do books still need covers?: [...]


The unity is submarine

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 11, 2010

Government Cut, Miami. Photograph by Emilio Labrador, posted at Flickr under a Creative Commons license What is the Caribbean? is not an unanswerable question. But there isn’t — will never be — a single, definitive answer that can encompass the complications of the geographic region named for the Caribs of half a millennium ago, its [...]


Un grand écrivain

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 9, 2010

Dany Laferrière Still life bathed in warm light: a porcelain bathtub with claw feet, sumptuous white towels draped over the edge, a table set with a stack of books and a glass of red wine. A Monday night in May, and 400 people fill the darkness of Montreal’s Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle, waiting for [...]


Listening: Frantz Casséus

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 2, 2010

Your Antilles blogger is spending the long Emancipation weekend at his desk, slogging away at CRB correspondence and copyediting, and kept company by the wistful, sometimes eerie melodies of the Haitian composer and musician Frantz Casséus. Specifically, I’m listening to the Haitiana album he made with the soprano Barbara Perlow, originally released in 1969 and [...]

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