with Ishion Hutchinson
The last thing that made you smile
Listening to a CD recording of ‘Aida’ by Leontyne Price. I find myself at many moments thinking Price’s voice sounds just like one of my aunt’s, sharp but consoling. The story, the voice bearing it, works its magic to make winter, this particularly brutal winter, seem less an assault on body and soul. We will need many more such voices.
There is more than a shadow under the red rock.
The last thing you wrote
Should be: “There is more than a shadow under the red rock,” but I wrote for myself this morning a sentence about The Radiance of the King, a novel I reread on a recent trip and it has been on my mind. Highly recommend it; the NYRB edition has an introduction by Toni Morrison.
Your favourite city
Addis Ababa. Berlin. And though less a city, Port Antonio.
What you’d place in a time capsule
My grandmother’s crimson shawl and the sea.