I’m sitting in my father’s chair—a tattered and tired office chair that I’ve lugged to the porch. It is showing its age: scarred faux leather, armrests sprouting prickly stuffing, scents of Papa in the fabric. Half shaded by an acacia tree, I am sipping rich, dark café au lait, scattering a bit on the ground first, just like my father does, to feed our ancestors. The air is soft with breeze and sweet with roasting coffee, the few clouds in the sky moving like fishing boats out on the Caribbean Sea. The voices of the neighborhood rise and fall in spurts. Outside the prisonlike gates of my parents’ house in Kenscoff, young girls balance buckets atop their heads, up and down the graveled roads. Sun-wrinkled women sell huge mangoes and homemade peanut brittle, while boys in cutoff jeans run in circles with makeshift kites or push around trucks made from plastic bottles . . .
Following their sold out book launch for Hard Art, DC 1979 at Politics & Prose, Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Lucian Perkins and DC musician Alec MacKaye are coming to New York City!
Featured: Music/Popular Culture/Art
- Go the Fuck to Sleep
- 100 Posters/134 Squirrels
- This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake
- The Accidental Hunter
- Copycat: And a Litter of Other Cats
- Black Music
- Animals and Objects In and Out of Water
- No One Told Me Not to Do This
- Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha
- Artificial Light
- The Worst Breakfast