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(1) I made two websites, one for my husband and one for myself, as a culmination of my longtime fascination with various web logging and independent web-based practices I’ve observed over the years. There are too many inspirations behind the websites to even begin to recount, but if I were to mention just one (for now), it would be Haegue Yang’s website.

I have known this website since 2009, which at the time served me well in perusing her installation work for the South Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale on my dusty, overheated HP laptop.


I remember poking here and there for more installation views and articles until I found what seemed to be a personal documentation of her life and early career as an international student in Frankfurt.


This small and unexplained collection of photographs fascinated me even more as an aspiring art student at the time, soon to move across continents in a couple years.

While her international profile was growing year after year, her simple website composed of html and hyperlinks continued to accommodate the needs of an itinerant artist, perhaps even more effective as an archive due to the straightforward nature of hyperlinks and rigidity of html. And after some digging around, with the help of Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, I found that her website had stayed pretty much the same since it was first archived in 2002, with only the slightest change of background colour in 2005 (it remains the same colour today).

· Compare to her current website

I’m thinking of starting another thread compiling all my other inspirational web links in good time. - jane

(2) Since coming across the work of Kamau Brathwaite during my research into Haiti, my passion project has been to expand upon my discovery of this gem by reading widely on Caribbean poetry, literature and history. While it is mostly work in progress, I found many useful resources along the way and would like to share them for those who might be interested. I’d also appreciate any suggestions or feedback about this list as well as any additional book recommendations. - jane

· Alden Vaughan and Virginia Vaughan, Shakespeare’s Caliban: A Cultural History (1992)
· Anthony Reed, Freedom Time (2014)
· Candace Ward, Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation (2017)
· Caree A. Banton, More Auspicious Shores: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness and the Making of an African Republic (2019)
· Derek Walcott, The Arkansas Testament (1987)
· Digital Library of the Caribbean
· Elaine Savory, Jean Rhys (1998)
· Fredrik Thomasson, Sweden and Haiti 1791-1825 (2018)
· Gordon K. Lewis, The Growth of the Modern West Indies (1968)
· Gordon Rohlehr, Pathfinder: Black Awakening in the Arrivants of Edward Kamau Brathwaite (1981)
· Gordon Rohlehr, Perfected Fables Now: A Bookman Signs off on Seven Decades (2019)
· Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)
· J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg (ed.), Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature (2015)
· Kamau Brathwaite, Development of Creole Society in Jamaica, 1770-1820 (1971)
· Kamau Brathwaite, History of the Voice: The Development of Nation Language in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry: An Electronic Lecture 1979/1981 (1984/1986)
· Kamau Brathwaite, Metaphors of Underdevelopment: A Proem for Hernan Cortez (1985)
· Kamau Brathwaite, Middle Passages (1992)
· Kamau Brathwaite, The Arrivants (1973)
· Kamau Brathwaite, X/Self (1987)
· Marina Warner, Indigo, or Mapping the Waters (1992)
· Martin Munro, Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times (2015)
· Martin Munro: Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010 (2014)
· Michel-Ralph Trouillot, Silencing the Past (1995)
· Nicole N. Aljoe, Brycchan Carey, Thomas W. Krise (ed.), Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean: Islands in the Stream (2018)
· Peepal Tree Press
· PennSound: Kamau Brathwaite [Edward Brathwaite]
· Roxane Gay, Ayiti (2011)
· Sally Price, Collections and Recollections...on the occasion of the inauguration of the Lewis / Mintz collection at the University of Puerto Rico (2016)
· Small Axe Journal
· Stewart Brown (ed.), The Art of Kamau Brathwaite (1995)
· Stuart Hall Library
· Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel and Haiti (2000)

(3) Summer of covid-19
Recently I’ve been offering language and literature classes for first-generation immigrant children whose learning has been severely impacted by Covid-19. My students will be entering 5th grade this fall, and I’ve been thinking hard about what some of the most appropriate and enriching reads might be for children around this age. I wish I could incorporate more books that deal with issues of gender, race and environment (e.g. Octavia E. Butler). Please share any suggestions that could be included in my reading curriculum. - jane