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"You write for a certain type of reader," he con-
fided at the end of the first session of a Comparative
Literature course, when I recognised his face from
a previous class. "But I always read your column.
Sometimes I get lost, but I enjoy it." Thanks Chris,
for your perception, you pretty much hit the nail
on the head, echoing what another bemused reader
had recently told me.
While I always encourage students from whatever
discipline who join my Fundamentals of Writing
classes (focusing on expository styles like process,
comparison, cause and effect and argument rather
than creative writing) to "keep it simple" and to aim
for clarity, it s evident I don t follow my own advice
in this space.
I offer no defence, but merely this explanation.
Although I have been shifted from the Sunday edition
(with no explanation other than the editor-in-chief s
humorous "it wasn t a demotion but a motion"), out
of the Commentary section and into what may well
be the more appropriate Life section, I continue in
the same vein. When writing features, arts reviews
or occasional straight news, I do aim for the kind of
clarity I encourage in my students. Early on when
I was finding my way as a feature writer, I used to
remind myself to write for an audience, whose only
qualification would be that they could read. I would
ask myself---is this intelligible for a reasonably intel-
But the objectives of reporter and columnist are
not necessarily the same. The former ideally provides
factual/objective information (on which readers can
hopefully base well-informed opinion), while the
latter analyses, or comments subjectively on both
facts and fiction, or ideas and abstractions, thus pre-
senting his or her own take---or commentary or opin-
ion. As a reader I look to be both entertained and
informed; I don t appreciate being harangued, or
condescended to; I abhor being invited to collude in
prejudice or abuse but most of all I hate to be preached
at, or bored.
So when it comes to Levi s Lore I try to tread the
fine lines between spontaneity (Trini style extempo),
entertainment and commitment. Admittedly I don t
always succeed, as Cinnamon Girl sometimes remarks,
to my chagrin, "that was a boring column." Ouch!
I occupy an unusual position, something of an
outsider insider---born in Europe but at home (a la
Jewish Creole) in the Caribbean for nearly 30 years.
A Trini by adoption (although officially now an illegal
alien) and a Creole (as in Caribbean) by inclination,
I wrote a short-lived column for the Guyana Times
---Notes of a Creole Confederate, a possibly anachro-
nistic attempt at fostering regional awareness, par-
ticularly after the demise of the only truly regional
publication Caribbean Week, which started foundering
around the turn of the millennium.
My interest in the wider Caribbean continues,
especially in such areas as arts, culture and the envi-
ronment, and hopefully my current column reflects
this, even though I get to travel far less frequently
than in the 1990s, when I roved continuously from
Cayenne to Cuba. Increasingly I find myself obliged
to address issues emanating from the other side of
the Atlantic---Isis and the horrors of jihadism; the
refugee crisis in Europe, or even the flavour of today-
the election of a radical left winger as leader of the
British Labour party, which has been drifting right
since the days of smartman Tony Blair and the spin
But beyond my subject matter, the topic, there s
another consideration, which I suppose is stylistic.
When I wrote the first Levi s Lore column back in
2013, the then editor-in-chief sent me a cryptic e-
mail hoping in future efforts I would provide "more
substance than style." It s not always easy to separate
these two, and frankly not even desirable. I think of
this ramble I take, usually on a Monday morning,
sitting on the gallery with the Plains of Caroni
stretched out below, Mt Tamana and the
Montserrat Hills framing my view, as a mix-
ture of contemplation, reflection and con-
versation, shared with you, whoever you
are.Frequently it s like composing music,
establishing a melody and following where
it leads. Admittedly, wordplay, echo, rep-
etition, rhyme and other poetic devices
sometimes figure in this musical style, as
I m interested in a visceral, rather than
strictly cerebral approach. Let the words
play and see where they ll take us: I wanna
whirl like a dervish and tief yuh head!.
And frequently again I m asked what my
next column will be about; to which the
common response is "I don t know, let s
see Thursday." If I knew definitively, I d be
excluding the possibility of the entirely
spontaneous or even outrageous---elements
essential for writing that lives, rather than
merely repeats existing attitudes and posi-
tions. The unexpected is always welcome
in conversation too, if we are really com-
municating rather than listening to the sound
of our own voice.
So sometimes, it s not that I m deliberately
being obscure and opaque but rather that
I invite you to join me on my ruminations
on the human condition---which doesn t
always make for easy reading.
Moving to the Left
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