Literature & Stories

Manhood…AKA One Rape, Two Victims: A Short Story

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“No.” Photo: Peter Dean Rickards

All I’ve ever wanted in life is to grow up to be a real man, or at least die trying. But no, the universe has had this way of punishing me all through my childhood. Better at book work than football; more polite than strong; more useful in the kitchen than in the workshop; and sometimes I even cry.

“Men don’t cry,” He believes. Not even six year olds on their first day of school.

Hyper-masculinity is the way of the Jamaican man. The pungent overbearing mist of machismo threatening to soak up all your sun and watch while your individuality withers away. There is no resisting, you must conform. Else, as the unwritten rule would have it, your father, brother, uncle, or any male of your acquaintance for that matter, must ensure you do. There isn’t much time; it must be done quickly to save the young man in training from irreversible damage. You can hear the time ticking away; tick-tock-tick-tock-tick.
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Literature & Stories

Andrea Levy's Long Story

Through a succession of novels Andrea Levy has recounted the experience of Jamaicans in Britain stretching back to the days of the Empire Windrush, with her most acclaimed work, Small Island – now serialised on BBC television.

Her recently published novel, the Long Story, goes back further to an early 19th century slave plantation and the years before emancipation. Haven’t read it yet but given her previous work you’d expect it to be another valuable insight into this shared history: good and bad.

Read the review in the UK Daily Telegraph: HERE

Literature & Stories

Toni Ungerer of the Three Robbers

French-born illustrator Toni Ungerer made children’s books with names like ‘The Three Robbers’ – that and other work about weird erotica.

Ungerer just thought children should be credited with having a slightly darker view of the world.

His work is undergoing a revival at the moment. Publishers Phaidon are reprinting his books while the Weinstein brothers are making an animated film version of ‘Robbers’.

Read more HERE


Source: New York Times

Literature & Stories

Bible being translated into patois as debate rumbles on

We think it’s a little strange that despite the many challenges facing our education sector that some people want to take what is an oral tradition, Jamaican patois, and turn it into a written language. Translators are needed for the US$1 million project that could take 12 years to complete.

Read more (not yet in patois) HERE


Source: Howard Campbell/Associated Press