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Discovering Caribbean Literature in English: A Select Bibliography (UPDATED)

The Great Gatsby


Cover of "The Great Gatsby"

The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books out of all the books I’ve studied for my BA in Literatures in English. It is a brilliant book about love, obsession and the American dream. I love the extended metaphors visual depths of the imagery and the characterisations. (If you’ve never read it before go find yourself a copy or click the cover to the left to buy one.)

So you can imagine how excited I am about the upcoming Baz Luhrmann directed film.  

 I have high hopes for it.

Now with a several of the songs from the soundtrack floating around the internet those hopes have jumped even higher because the soundtrack is quite brilly. 

Just check out the Jay-Z directed track listing below:

  • “100$ Bill” – Jay-Z
  • “Back To Black” – Beyoncé x Andre 3000
  • “Bang Bang” – will.i.am
  • “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
  • “Young And Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey
  • “Love Is The Drug” – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • “Over The Love” – Florence + The Machine
  • “Where The Wind Blows” – Coco O. of Quadron
  • Crazy in Love” – Emeli Sande and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
  • “Together” – The xx
  • “Hearts A Mess” – Gotye
  • “Love Is Blindness” – Jack White
  • “Into the Past” – Nero
  • “Kill and Run” – Sia

And here’s a selection of the full length versions of some of the songs featured on the soundtrack:

Are you excited yet?

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Update!


NEW Features!

Weekly Wisdom

I would like to introduce you to new feature of my blog called ‘Weekly Wisdom’ where I will bring you teachable and  inspirational moments, quotes and other tidbits.

TEDxYouth@Bridgetown – Wisdom Shared

I promised to bring you coverage from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown so I will be sharing with you a bit of the wit, wisdom and warmth which I gained from the various TEDsters in the new segment.

(and yes Hi! I’m back again! Sorry to have disappeared again – but hey life of a University student can be quite overwhelming and hectic)

Recommendations:

Book Corner

You can check out what I’m currently reading via my Goodreads Shelf (there’s a widget on right of this post) or even keep track of and join my 2013 reading challenge. My current goal is 35 books. I will also be review and recommending at least one book a month for you to read and hopefully enjoy as I have.

Music Corner

Musical Artist or Musician of the Month, Album reviews. New artist spotlight, anything goes over here once it’s music related.

Stay tuned! Anything else can happen! Feel free to leave a comment or suggestion anytime.

 

2013 Reading Challenge


Books
Books (Photo credit: henry…)

Soo – I decided at the start of this year I was going to set a goal and challenge myself to have read that number of books by year’s end. Using Goodreads own challenge page to keep track of my progress and even record my end and start dates, I can easily share where I’m at and what books I’ve read so far.

My goal is 35 books which would average out to be about 3 books a month.

So far I’ve only read 3 for the year and am 5 books behind. Will I reach my goal?

book of december: james potter


Enjoy Not Knowing

Happy New Year’s folks!

As promised, the last book of the month of this year. 2012 has been full of good books, and fun reads. To wrap up 2012 I leave you not with one book of December, but rather an author of December. This month I may have had more reading time. (I get of work an hour and a half before Evelina comes home = reading time.) And therefore I have read more books.

I’ll preface this with letting you know I’ve never read fan fiction before. I loved the Harry Potter books, as many around the world have. G. Norman Lippert has written 3 fan fiction books based on the Harry Potter world that follow Harry’s son, James, as he goes through his school years at Hogwarts. He has also written his own original works and one short story about characters he created in the James Potter…

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NaNoWriMo – Embrace the Icky Sticky!


Dave Farmer

Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a NoWriMo virgin, sooner or later you’ll probably reach a point I call The Lifeless River Bed of Despondency and Meh. This is where the initial adrenaline rush has driven your Storymobile across the rich and vivid fictional landscape only to find it splutter and grind to a halt. Why does this happen?

There are many reasons, for example:

  • Your characters may have reached a dead-end.
  • Your plot that started out so well is suddenly too big and cumbersome, or you’ve realised it has less substance than you thought.
  • There are so many sub plots they’re eating each other alive and your story & characters are suffering.
  • Perhaps you’ve reached the end ahead of time, or realise that the end is still so far in the distance it’s like a mirage you’ll never reach.

It’s at this point you’re likely to panic.

But that’s…

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Born to Die by Daniel Boxill


…and sorrows run down your face,
onto my shoulder,
into my heart.
I share your pain as we embrace

Crimson stains spread,
dyeing my love with increasing fear.
Regrets drip from the handle bridging our abdomens.
The blade buried in you deeper than my love could heal.
Gladiator games we played, distractions;
an empire crumbled, burned,
as we fought ourselves.
Drunken orgies of flesh and glass;
Cocaine showers, toxic habits became routine.

cycles…

tears, shampoo showers,

soap suds sex, tears ,

slap, scratch, scream, tears…

cycles…

…and we knelt at a burning altar.
We snorted our vows.
Powdered pledges
We wed in elevated bliss, smoky rings of Mary Jane exchanged.

Red and blue flashes;
Sirens pierce the silent summer heat.
Curious eyes and gossiping tongues are drawn into the street.
Our burning passions set fire to fragile suburban utopia.
Lost souls prostituted to addiction in search of happiness;
Minds possessed by paranoia,
You became the demon I tried to fight
And I think I became yours.
Cocaine showers help toxic seeds to bloom.

cycles…

tears, demonic highs,

possession and visions, tears ,

slam, slap, scream, tears…

cycles…

…and I cut my wrists
You die. I die
You are my life!
I clutch your body to mine as everything around us burns.

You and I,
We were born to die.

 

© Daniel Boxill 2012. All rights reserved.

Introducing: FRESH MILK


What is FRESH MILK?

The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts.

Critical. Creative. Fresh.

Orson Welles’ Rules of Writing.


Orson Welles, 1951.

We’ve had Kurt Vonnegut’s rules of writing and Stephen King’s. I want to share with you familiar advice by one of the greater creative minds of the 20th century. Welles’ talents did not stop at writing. He ended up directing and acting in many great film classics. Needless to say a man his talent could give some invaluable advice. And he did! In 1946 he released an essay called: ‘Politics and the English Language”. In this he defines 6 rules of writing. 6 rules he thinks writers should by. Give them a read.

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

 
– via Sander

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