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Writer Jamaica Kincaid: When I Am Writing | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: In this content, the speaker expresses their dislike for rules and structures in writing. They believe that sentences and paragraphs with proper grammar are unbearable, and that they don't see sentences when they write. They mention that stories with a beginning and end, like The Iliad and The Odyssey, don't interest them as much as the Bible, which has sentences that flow without clear beginnings and endings. The speaker doesn't care about pleasing the reader and feels that the craft of writing is better left unwritten about. They also mention their preference for poetry and using sentence length and structure to convey character traits. Overall, they have their own unique approach to writing that deviates from traditional conventions.

“When I read things like ‘The art of the sentence' or ‘The craft of the essay', I just want to throw up“. Antiguan-American novelist Jamaica Kincaid shares her thoughts on writing.

“The proper sentence I find unbearable. I am a law-abiding citizen, but when it comes to writing…” begins Jamaica Kincaid, speaking about her work, which often avoids a more traditional narrative. Kincaid doesn't like rules about how to work, and by all laws, there are exciting examples of the opposite: “You mustn't begin a sentence with a conjunction (being ‘but' and ‘and'). Well, the Bible is nothing but sentences beginning with conjunctions – and, and, and. And to me it is a very significant thing,” she says.

“The sentence, the paragraph, and the comma are a very good thing for Chekhov or his translators and probably for every writer, except for me,” Kincaid says, mentioning the Russian writer often considered the master of prose. “First of all, I don't see a sentence when I am writing about something whether it is a feeling or an object, which has no beginning and no end. When a stone stops, it only stops there temporarily. It was coming from somewhere, and it is made up of some elements and for me, when I am writing, when I am in my own head, things are not so much like Chekhov. “

Jamaica Kincaid prefers classics that do not tell stories in the traditional sense with a beginning, a middle and an end: “Does the Illiad have a beginning and an end? Not really. What people like is the story of the Odyssey, which I don't like very much at all. But I love the Illiad, I love the Bible. The great thing about the conjunction is that it picks up: The thing that came before didn't end, and the thing that is going to be, doesn't end, so it goes and goes. The structure that people impose on the novel and short story, that structure is for the comfort of commerce. And the commerce is the reader. I wish I could please the reader more, so I could be more successful, but I just don't know how to do it. When I am writing I am not interested in the reader at all, I don't know who will read it. I don't care,“ Kincaid concludes.

Jamaica Kincaid (born 1949) is an Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer. She was born in St. Johns, Antigua, in the Caribbean. At 16, she settled in New York after leaving Antigua to work as an au pair, then studied photography at the New York School for Social Research and attended Franconia College in New Hampshire. Around 1973 she changed her name from Elaine Potter Richardson into Jamaica Kincaid, partly because she wanted anonymity for her writing. She was a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine from 1974-to 96. Kincaid published her first book ‘At the Bottom of the River', a collection of short stories, in 1983. Her first novel ‘Annie John' appeared in 1985 – the story of a 10-year-old growing up in Antigua. The novel 'Lucy' came in 1990. ‘The Autobiography of my Mother' (1996) is a novel set in Dominica and told by a 70-year-old woman looking back on her life. ‘A Small Place' (1988) is a short book about the effects of colonialism. Kincaid published more books about gardening, including ‘My Garden (2000). Her novel ‘See Now Then' (2013) won the Before Columbus Foundation America Book Award in 2014. Jamaica Kincaid is often mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in literature.

Jamaica Kincaid was interviewed by Danish writer Merete Pryds Helle in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in August 2021 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

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Artist Thao Nguyen Phan: Learning From Past Lives | Louisiana Channel

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SUMMARY: Thao Nguyen Phan, a Vietnamese visual artist, explores history, trauma, and human connection through her art, which blends poetry and beauty in traumatic contexts to offer optimism and alternative perspectives. Influenced by her Buddhist upbringing, she emphasizes equality and respect in her work, focusing on mundane moments that hold historical significance. Trained in lacquer painting, Phan now works with various materials and is inspired by fiction, history, and oral traditions. Her projects, such as those addressing the 1945 Vietnamese famine, employ moving images to convey time circularly, embracing the transformative nature of art to foster understanding and compassion.

Thao Nguyen Phan looks to the past to understand the present. Intertwining myth and reality, fact and folklore, she revives the untold stories of Vietnam's turbulent past.

“I'm interested in how history and reality are written and perceived,” she states as she sits down to unveil some of the layers of her practice.

In her delicate watercolor paintings, silk works, and installations, Phan invites audiences to reconsider how concepts like history and reality are created. By turning to forgotten oral histories and changing the perspective from which we perceive historical events, Phan seeks to challenge how conventional history is written. “Even something extremely mundane, like the life of an animal or the spirit of a tree, could have the same weight and importance as a major historical event,” she explains.

Phan's artistic approach is rooted in her upbringing in a Buddhist family, which also permeates her relationship with time. She notes, “The way I perceive time in the Asian context is more circular. Like tides going up and down.” One way in which Phan challenges Western notions of linear time is through her moving image works:

“For example, in the video piece Becoming Alluvium, I try to manifest my understanding of time through a series of reincarnations. Reincarnations in a literal way, in which the characters in the film transform and reincarnate into different lives. So basically, if I add another life, the story can be expanded to an infinite point.”

Thao Nguyen Phan (b. 1987) lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Originally trained in lacquer painting, Phan's works span multiple disciplines, including artist moving images, which she studied under American video artist Joan Jonas as a 2016-2017 Rolex Protégée. In 2019, Phan was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, and in 2018 she was granted the Han Nefkens Foundation-LOOP Barcelona Video Art Production Award, in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró. Phan has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Tate St Ives, Cornwall; and The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams.

Thao Nguyen Phan was interviewed by Nanna Rebekka in Phan's solo exhibition Reincarnations of Shadows at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Thao Nguyen Phan was interviewed by Nanna Rebekka in her exhibition Reincarnations of Shadows, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Episode 219: The Kidnapping of Carrie Lawson, Part 2

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SUMMARY: Southern Fried True Crime covers inappropriate cases for young listeners and uses explicit language. The latest episode recaps the kidnapping of Carrie Lawson on September 11, 1991, in Jasper, Alabama. Earl and Carrie Lawson were tricked by a phony nurse caller, leading to Carrie's abduction by Jerry Bland. Bland and his accomplice, Karen McPherson, botched the ransom exchange. Despite extensive FBI efforts and searches, Carrie was never found. Bland committed suicide without revealing her location, and Karen was sentenced to life in prison. The case remains unresolved, with Carrie's family continuing to seek closure.

In the dark morning hours of September 11th 1991, in the small town of Jasper Alabama, a couple named Earl and Carrie Lawson were awoken by a fake emergency phone call that lured them out of the house. A masked man was waiting in their carport. Earl was bound with duct tape and the assailant forced Carrie into their SUV and sped off into the darkness. Carrie had been kidnapped for ransom. It seemed like something you only saw in movies. In the last episode, I told you all about the parade of mistakes the FBI made in this case. Now we're getting into the repercussions of those mistakes, and even more bad decisions…as Carrie Lawson's life hung in the balance.

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Episode 218: The Kidnapping of Carrie Lawson

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www.youtube.com – – 2024-06-13 11:11:37

SUMMARY: Southern Fraud True Crime warns listeners about explicit content. The explores cases like Carrie Lawson's kidnapping in Jasper, Alabama— a close-knit community with a population around 14,000. Carrie, from a wealthy and philanthropic family, married Earl Lawson, also from an esteemed local family, in 1990. In September 1991, the couple was deceived into leaving their home, whereupon Carrie was abducted. Despite a ransom payment and extensive FBI efforts, which included tracking, failed ransom drops, and a corrupted wire-tap, Carrie remained missing. Significant media attention and public searches ensued. The case, laden with FBI blunders, remains unresolved, turning Carrie Lawson into a symbol of Jasper's ongoing quest for justice.

In the wee hours of September 11, 1991, Earl and Carrie Lawson were awoken by an urgent phone call from a woman claiming to be a nurse who said Earl's father was hospitalized and might not make it through the night. The couple threw on clothes and rushed out the door, only to be stopped by a masked man as they were getting in their Ford Explorer. He bound Earl with duct tape, then forced 25 year-old Carrie into the Explorer and raced off into the darkness. Their families were shocked to discover this was a kidnapping for ransom. It seemed like something you only saw in movies…but it was very real and they were terrified for Carrie. 

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Researched and written by Erica Kelley & Andrea Marshbank
Original Graphic Art by Coley Horner
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