Haiti, Césaire, Translation, & The New Yorker

The New Yorker, as we well know, has a house style and is proud of it. That this may be a natural thing to aspire to for such a venerable old publication isn’t too problematic as long as it applies to its journalistic pieces, from “Talk of the Town” to the various in depth investigative pieces The New Yorker is justly famous for. But this gets problematic when the … Read more Haiti, Césaire, Translation, & The New Yorker

« Ayiti cheri, yon trezò pou memwa »

Haïti chérie, trésors de mémoire by ileenile « Haïti chérie, trésors de mémoire » « Ayiti cheri, yon trezò pou memwa » En solidarité avec le peuple haïtien. Pour célébrer la beauté éternelle d’Haïti. Vidéo réalisée pour Île en île le 25 janvier 2010. Merci à Carole, Denizé, Virginie et surtout à Kendy. In solidarity with the people of Haiti. To celebrate the eternal beauty of Haiti. Video created … Read more « Ayiti cheri, yon trezò pou memwa »

Port-au-Prince: Blast from the Past

Port-au-Prince during the 40’s and 50’s — a nostalgic view pathetically foreshadowing the inevitable present (or is that hindsight? The cultural activity shown is the visit of foreigners — excellent ones indeed, but… Thus Aimé Césaire visits from Martinique, André Breton from France, as does the Cuban painter Wilfredo Lam. All amidst old American cars ruling the streets (strangely empty — for what reason?) At any rate, here it … Read more Port-au-Prince: Blast from the Past

History of a Haitian Holocaust

Here are the opening parts of a very forceful piece on Haiti & the US — very useful reading at this point of time, when we are inundated by self- congratulatory news about US help for Haiti. You can read the rest of Greg Palast’s piece here, on the OEN – OpenEd News website. The map showing the air route from Iceland to Haiti is there, because it would … Read more History of a Haitian Holocaust

Thomas C. Spear from Port-au-Prince

Just found out via facebook that Thomas Spear is okay. Here is his (French) message from last night: juste un mot rapide pour dire que je vais bien ; j’étais à table avec Rodney Saint-Éloi (qui venait d’arriver) et Dany Laferrière au moment du séisme. On a passé la nuit dehors sur le terrain de tennis de l’hôtel Karibe. pas de téléphone qui marche, ce qui fait qu’on reste … Read more Thomas C. Spear from Port-au-Prince

Epic Debris: Haiti

Eerie feeling last night: had an email in the late afternoon from Claude Pierre, the Haitian poet, & just as I started to read & respond, the radio brought news of the earthquake. Communications seem to be down & I haven’t heard back.  I hope Claude Pierre, and my New York friend Thomas Spears who was visiting with Claude Pierre are okay. I wish everybody were okay, but… Good … Read more Epic Debris: Haiti