Jamaica is ‘the fairest isle that eyes ever beheld’, wrote Christopher Columbus. He would say it again today – once he had come to terms with the concrete and corrugated iron of the inland ghettoes and the out-of-scale Spanish hotels on the coastline – because Jamaica can never be fully spoiled. The most geographically and culturally interesting of all the Caribbean islands, it has mountains, even Blue Mountains, and endless white beaches. All the colours are primary, all the vegetation vital and upsurging. Meanwhile trade breezes make a perfect climate by tempering the hair-drier heat.
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'When the language starts functioning as a character in fiction, when it is there drawing attention to itself ... It’s not anything that anybody really takes seriously.'
Our interview with Anthony Burgess from 1983.
'Sabotage became so prevalent that bankers even created their own terms – ‘asymmetric information’, ‘lack of financial literacy’, ‘the principal-agent dilemma’ – to describe how they might turn a dime from customers’ gullibility or ignorance.'
'Unlike much that was extracted from India, these paintings were not plunder, and those who created them were properly remunerated and often received due credit.'
@PParkerWriting on 'Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company'.