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Author Archives: Conor Tomás Reed

Concerning Violence

Deborah A. Thomas’s “Caribbean Studies, Archive Building, and the Problem of Violence” is one of the more frustrating things I’ve read this week. I admit, it’s been a profoundly terrible week so far. This Monday, my friend Cecily McMillan, a

Concerning Violence

Deborah A. Thomas’s “Caribbean Studies, Archive Building, and the Problem of Violence” is one of the more frustrating things I’ve read this week. I admit, it’s been a profoundly terrible week so far. This Monday, my friend Cecily McMillan, a

Satellites for a New Literary Galaxy

The curious moving parts of Robert Antoni’s multi-media novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys, functions—perhaps with a dash of mischievous intent—akin to one of its characters J.A. Etzler’s machines. Throughout the novel, Etzler—a utopian socialist with cred backed by Brooklyn-bridger

Satellites for a New Literary Galaxy

The curious moving parts of Robert Antoni’s multi-media novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys, functions—perhaps with a dash of mischievous intent—akin to one of its characters J.A. Etzler’s machines. Throughout the novel, Etzler—a utopian socialist with cred backed by Brooklyn-bridger

Césaire’s Return to New Lands

Upright now, my country and I, hair in the wind, my hand small in its enormous fist and our strength not inside us but above in a voice that bores through the night and its listeners like the sting of

Césaire’s Return to New Lands

Upright now, my country and I, hair in the wind, my hand small in its enormous fist and our strength not inside us but above in a voice that bores through the night and its listeners like the sting of

Crisis Converted

In 1982, neoliberal architect Milton Friedman wrote, “Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our

Crisis Converted

In 1982, neoliberal architect Milton Friedman wrote, “Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our

Against angels – on the ongoing diasporic life of Stuart Hall

Reading Stuart Hall’s 1993 essay “Cultural Identity and Diaspora” for the first time, I’ve been reflecting on his February 10, 2014 passing, which generated eulogies of a most glowing—and ideologically suspect—nature. Akin to the defanging lionization of the late Nelson

Against angels – on the ongoing diasporic life of Stuart Hall

Reading Stuart Hall’s 1993 essay “Cultural Identity and Diaspora” for the first time, I’ve been reflecting on his February 10, 2014 passing, which generated eulogies of a most glowing—and ideologically suspect—nature. Akin to the defanging lionization of the late Nelson

Benítez-Rojo, Baucom, Best, and “Reflektor”

Call it the anticolonial boomerang effect. In 1992, Antonio Benítez-Rojo describes the Caribbean as “an island that ‘repeats’ itself, unfolding and bifurcating until it reaches all the seas and lands of the earth, while at the same time it inspires

Benítez-Rojo, Baucom, Best, and “Reflektor”

Call it the anticolonial boomerang effect. In 1992, Antonio Benítez-Rojo describes the Caribbean as “an island that ‘repeats’ itself, unfolding and bifurcating until it reaches all the seas and lands of the earth, while at the same time it inspires

Caribbean Futurisms

))))))((((((CARIBBEAN FUTURISMS))))))(((((( Throughout the last several centuries of global enslavement and wages, Non-European people’s lives, work, and acts of resistance in the Caribbean have directly innovated the foundations and value systems of global capitalism, and in connection, the frameworks of

Caribbean Futurisms

))))))((((((CARIBBEAN FUTURISMS))))))(((((( Throughout the last several centuries of global enslavement and wages, Non-European people’s lives, work, and acts of resistance in the Caribbean have directly innovated the foundations and value systems of global capitalism, and in connection, the frameworks of