collective…

December 8, 2008

…because i suddenly realised i hadn’t been blogging here and should pull together what i’ve missed lately- these items are also (not in 1 post, though) all over @ sweet trini’s urban folk tales:

realised i never said boo about trinidad noir– i got my copies, devoured it then promptly did again, and really enjoyed it both times. it’s a strong collection; i nearly peed laughing reading bobby antoni’s piece and immediately saw how the american reviewers lost out having never heard trinis talk, thus unable to comprehend our language muddied with text-message-style delivery, but it’s hysterical. i loved some pieces and liked almost all.
i was totally not embarrassed by my work when i saw it amongst the others like someone had once threatened (a certain jackass said mine was “pornographic”, “vulgar” and “obscene” and threatened to withdraw from the collection if it was published as written; luckily i had an editor+publisher on my side) but was quite pleased and love its placement (so if you read the book, don’t skip ahead to mine because you know me- read in order) and it’s one of the better (neo?)noir collections i’ve read, even with a couple stories that might not strictly classify as noir.
and now i’m rereading mine for an excerpt, prepping for a reading i was asked to be part of next week. so there’s a trinidad noir reading @ normandie (6.30pm thursday december11) and i’m assuming that once i find an excerpt i can handle the anxiety will give way to thrill…

@ dance class, after skipping through a dvd to find the piece being remounted and watching to ensure it was intact, aunty noble tells grims, before you take it out, just rewind it to the top of the piece for me so we could find it when we ready to rehearse…
she cracks my shit up.

in my itunes, there’s a very small group of albums that when uploaded, are genre-categorised “unclassifiable”: nico’s super hero to many small insects, ataklan‘s atamorphosis, andre tanker‘s bim(+beyond), machel montano+xtatik‘s charge!!
all trini artistes, among my all-time favourites…
i’m trying not to cry for 12‘s album not yet in my hands+ears, knowing it’s worth the wait, believing that it will also prove “unclassifiable”- live or recorded, this select company is where 12 belongs…

walk good.

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