Why I Won’t Be Watching No Escape

  A few years ago, I had the misfortune of seeing The Impossible.  The film, which had a stellar cast starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, explored the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and how it affected Khao Lak, a coastal region in Thailand.  The issue was that rather than having the courage to tell the […]

Why The Wretched of the Earth Still Matters

  In 1961, shortly before his death, Frantz Fanon published his seminal and infamous monograph The Wretched of the Earth, detailing the nature of colonial oppression and hypothesizing that violence would be the only way to bring a stop to colonial oppression.  Though controversial, Fanon’s insights are at once compelling and heartbreaking and have the […]

Austin Clarke’s Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack: Imperialist Education

  On the first page of Austin Clarke’s Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack, he writes the his mother told him that “Learning [was] going make [him] into a man” (5), a sentiment that sets the tone for the rest of memoir.  The work is an account of his formative years in St. James, […]

Maya Angelou’s Even the Stars Look Lonesome: Colonizing the Mind

  Even the Stars Look Lonesome is has been tagged as one of Maya Angelou’s ‘wisdom books’, and like Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now, the book is a collection of personal essays, often based on personal experiences, that offer a wide range of thoughts on topics including history, sex, art, and culture.  In […]

Heart Of Darkness: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Environment

  Heart Of Darkness, though the prototype of post-colonial literature, is not the kind of book that is going to win over readers with its prose and character development, or even plotting.  The value in Joseph Conrad’s famous novella rests in the narrative structure, and the manner in which he engages with ideas surrounding colonialism.  […]

The Minority Report and Other Stories, by Philip K. Dick: Science Fiction As Social Commentary

  Few authors have displayed the kind of imagination that Philip K. Dick demonstrated throughout his career.  Through novels like The Man In The High Castle, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, A Scanner Darkly, and Radio Free Albemuth, Dick created visions of worlds that could be with an ingenuity that remains unsurpassed and matched […]