If the Day of Absence is really about tourist’s pleasure, if this is what we really care about, let us at least be honest about it. I sincerely believe that we should deal with our own cultural hunger before we worry about how to provide better shows for our visitors. Confusing the two will eventually […]Read more "Day of Absence 2010: Third Response – Investment"
… are all Bahamian artists worthy of respect? The simple answer is no. Why should anyone respect bad poetry, bad writing, bad painting or poorly organized festivals? … Allow me to suggest that there are perhaps two reasons why Bahamians, on the whole, have not received much in the way of international (or local) acclaim […]Read more "Day of Absence 2010: Second Response – Quality"
The critique(s) offered by Ward Minnis about the Day of Absence concept on his blog, Mental Slavery, and on Bahama Pundit, are both comprehensive and impressive. And he’s right, in several places. Particularly when he writes Her Day of Absence clouds over and conflates many different and unrelated ideas while advancing an awkward historical agenda […]Read more "Day of Absence 2010: First Response – Clarity"
Well, it’s that time again. What time? you may ask. Because it’s not like this is a regular occurrence, a public holiday so to speak, or anything grand or exciting. But the new year is a-coming in, and February is nearing, and it’s time for me to observe the Day of Absence once again. Now […]Read more "Day of Absence 2010: Introduction"