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When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong....
Bahamian writer Obediah Michael Smith answers this week's 20 Questions from Guardian Arts&Culture.
1. What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
Maybe Manuela Yepes' reaction to my reading in Santo Domingo, Colombia at Medellin Poetry Festival in 2010; what was equal to that though was Tatiana Legáspy's response to my reading at Colegio Diurno de Limon in Costa Rica; what was equal to that was a literary exchange that developed between D'Anthra Adderley and me after a Bahamas Writers Summer Institute Poetry Workshop I facilitated, here on New Providence at The College of The Bahamas in 2009; what was equal to that was a relationship with a Mexican poet, Maya Lima Rodriguez, that developed at the end of a poetry festival on Isla Mujeres in Mexico in 2011, a relationship which very nearly resulted in our getting married and my staying in Mexico City.
2. What's your least favorite book?
Of all the books I've read, I cannot recall being angrier with a book or its author than I was with "Three Lives" by Gertrude Stein. I was left though with a real sense of accomplishment after having gotten through it. To get through it though, I recall pounding it against the floor in exasperation in response to her experimentation with grammar and sentence structure.
3. What's your favorite genre of literature?
Novels or poetry or essays; I am not sure. Oh you know what I love - I've read several - an interview that is an entire book in length.
4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
1. Ingmar Bergman's "Autumn Sonata". 2. David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter" with John Mills, Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles and Trevor Howard. 3. "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison 4. Jacques Tati's "Traffic". 5. "A Voyage Round My Father" with Sir Laurence Olivier.
5. Coffee or tea?
6. What book are you reading now?
Yinna, Volume 4 and "The Death of A Poet: The Last Days of Marina Tsvetaeva".
7. What project are you working on now?
A book of poems and prose-poems about women on YouTube, some modeling, most of them dancing, representative of cultures and countries around the world.
8. What's the last book that surprised you?
What is amazing are the very transformative experiences I have been having with my own work, "In A China Shop & Other Poems", published by Poinciana Paper Press and "El amplio Mar de los Sargazos y otros poemas", published in Costa Rica in Spanish.
9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
I had been a Saxons fan for a long time, but the late Jackson Burnside and Arlene Nash-Ferguson have caused me to identify even more closely with One Family.
10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island, which one would it be?
On the island of Inagua, with the flamingos.
11. What's the most memorable book you've ever read?
"The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler or "The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion" by Ford Madox Ford or "The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka" by Wole Soyinka.
12. Which writer do you have a secret crush on?
All four of these: Sylvia Plath, Marion Bethel, Joan Didion and Susan Sontag.
13. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
Some publisher who is eager to publish my work and one who guarantees that the work makes money like when someone in music signs with Columbia Records or some other big firm and you know that worldwide success is guaranteed. The publishing equivalent for me would be W. W. Norton & Company or Alfred A. Knopf.
14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?
Are Woodes Rogers, Christopher Columbus and the Duke of Windsor Bahamians? And what about Blackbeard, the pirate, Edward Teach? I'd say, Joseph Spence or Amos Ferguson who represent what I think is truest about us culturally. Sidney Poitier is certainly another Bahamian giant.
15. Who is your favorite living writer?
Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney; I am unable to choose between them so I choose them both.
16. Sunrise or Sunset?
I certainly prefer high tide to low tide but I cannot choose between sunrise and sunset. They are one for me, like up and down of a see-saw. Do I prefer the sun or the moon or the day or the night and I know clearly that I prefer the moon and the night.
17. What role does the writer have in society?
Individual and communal conscience, consciousness and identity are central to the writer's responsibility.
18. What's your most embarrassing moment?
At a reading, some years ago, at L. N. Coakley High School, on Exuma, before the entire school, in the middle of a sentence about him, being unable to recall the name of Anglican priest, Fr. Stephen 'Rabi' Davies, and I was, at the time, staying at his house.
19. What wouldn't you do without?
The courage it takes to be honest.
20. What's your definition of beauty?
Interestingly it cannot be intellectualized. When I encounter it though and it is beauty of an extreme amount or to an extreme degree, it goes right through me and I am disarmed, overwhelmed, defenseless. If it were an enemy, I'd be at its mercy, certainly. I'd certainly be undone.
Nassau, Bahamas - "On behalf of all
exhibitors, the organizers of the annual Bahamas Bridal Show wish to
thank every person and company for their efforts and contributions to
another successful event," said show executive producer Tommy Stubbs,
general manager at Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear which organizes the
annual event. "We are always pleased with the enthusiasm of the
hundreds of brides and grooms and the thousands of show followers who
make the bridal show the No.1 social event of the year."
Breezes took the spotlight during the trade exhibition as the
all-inclusive resort took up a large portion of the ballroom serving
sample Asian food for hours. Other notable exhibitors included the
British Colonial Hilton, Burns House, Arawak Homes, Colina Insurance,
Noveltease, Grand Bahama Development Co. Ltd., Template, Bahamas
Local.Com, Jewels by The Sea, Bristol Wines & Spirits and Bertha's
Go-Go Ribs Catering...
Fifteen years ago,
Laurel Handfield was a single woman living in a tiny one bedroom in the
suburbs of Philadelphia. She worked a monotonous nine-to-five handling
copy equipment leases. One day she decided to get back to what she loved
most--writing. She decided to write a novel. But what would it be about?
A month later, she went on vacation to The Bahamas. In true Stella fashion (See Terry McMillian-
How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
she met a Bahamian. The rest is history, as they say... She came back
from vacation, quit her job several months later and moved to Maryland
to live with her sister while she wrote her first novel based loosely on
how she and her husband first met. She has since moved to The Bahamas ...
Chairman of the COB Council Alfred Sears should generally be applauded for insisting that the next president of the college should be a Bahamian.
Still, this columnist believes that the search should be open to other Caribbean nationals. By example, what if we are able to find a Caribbean national of the caliber of Sir Hilary Beckles, professor of history and pro-vice-chancellor and principal at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies?
The devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which devastated Haiti in early January 2010, also sent emotional aftershocks throughout the region as the Caribbean mourned yet another setback for the country.
Following the earthquake, Sir Hilary penned a brief essay entitled "The Hate and the Quake". Such essays rarely go viral. His did because he captured the cries of many for Haiti, chronicling a colonial legacy which put Haiti's history into greater context.
Sir Hilary provided the quality of intellectual and ethical reflection that is at the heart of the role of the head of a college or university. As a native Barbadian and historian of the region, he also provided a Caribbean voice.
The next president of The College of The Bahamas should speak with a Caribbean voice accented by a global worldview. The recent non-Caribbean heads of the college are to be applauded for their contributions to the country.
But as COB moves towards university status and 40 years after independence, the need for a more indigenous voice is essential in light of the role that COB and its president play in national development.
CaribbeanThat voice includes a Caribbean idiom better able to inspire, and to reflect our history and development goals. Such a voice can highlight our successes while being brutally honest about our shortcomings.
The president of COB should be one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, able to speak to a myriad of issues with reason and deliberation, including the ability to speak to issues of public policy in a nonpartisan manner.
The president must speak to the challenges and aspirations of a small developing state, and of the role of education in national development.
The audiences and constituencies of the president include the nation-at-large, but more particularly stakeholders within the college, and potential donors.
The president's voice must be strong enough to insist on institutional autonomy, and strong enough to stand up to political leaders when necessary, with finesse and intelligence.
Within the institution, the president must be able to inspire students, faculty and staff. Further, the president will need the political wiles and determination to pursue the broader good of the institution amidst some of the outsized egos, rivalries and fiefdoms at the college.
The "Profile of the President" issued for the presidential search details a number of qualities a candidate should possess generally, and in terms of leadership and professional experience.
The profile notes that no one candidate is likely to possess all of the qualities desired. Yet what are some of the essential qualities a new president should possess?
He or she should be an individual of demonstrated intellectual ability, namely the capacity for discernment and critical thinking. Notably, academic achievement and intellectual capacity are not necessarily synonymous. There are many academics fluent in their field, yet lack the capacity for critical thinking and informed commentary.
The new president should be able to read and to understand a considerable amount of information, and a capacity to learn quickly. He or she should also be an articulate public speaker and a superior writer.
Other essential qualities include the capacity to raise money and to cultivate donors, as well as general public relations skills. Equally important is the need for demonstrated administrative and managerial skills, including an understanding of finances and budgets.
Given these qualities, who are some Bahamians who possess the leadership and professional experience to lead COB?
The search profile noted that candidates "will preferably possess an earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher learning; and will preferably have at least seven years of senior leadership/administrative experience in progressively more responsible positions, with a strong record of achievement, preferably in an institution of higher education."
The word preferably suggests that the COB Council is open to a candidate who may not possess a doctorate or may not have spent considerable time in an academic setting, but who has extensive professional and leadership experience.
All of which leaves the door open to a more diverse pool of talent. There are a number of international tertiary institutions led by individuals who, though they do not possess a doctorate, proved extremely capable in a given field, making them ideal candidates to lead an institution of higher learning.
It is not that we are without potential candidates to lead COB. The question is whether certain potential candidates would consider leading the institution for a designated period while helping to identify and prepare possible successors.
It is a testament to her extensive experience and knowledge that Dr. Paulette Bethel is currently chef de cabinet for the president of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Bethel has a Ph.D. in sociology. She served as an educator, negotiator and diplomat, with time spent in the private sector. She has taught at COB and served for a brief period as chairperson of the Social Sciences Department.
Bethel has extensive international experience having served The Bahamas as a diplomat at both the UN and in Washington D.C. She served as the country's UN ambassador under both the PLP and the FNM.
Sean McWeeney, Q.C., possesses one of the finest intellects in the country. Well-read, he is highly articulate as a speaker and as a writer, someone who possesses the ability to improve the quality of public discourse in the country.
One of the leading trust attorneys in the country, he served as attorney general and in a number of other capacities including, presently, as chairman of the Constitutional Commission.
He served as advisor, speechwriter and counselor to Prime Ministers Sir Lynden Pindling and Perry Christie. The urbane McWeeney might be a good choice to help COB to raise significant funds.
Teresa Butler, who earned a master's degree in international economics from Georgetown University, is one of the most capable public servants of her generation, having also taught in the government-operated school system.
Following a distinguished career in the public service, including as a diplomat, she rose to the level of permanent secretary.
She has an extraordinary understanding of the public service and is one of the country's leading experts in public policy. An avid environmentalist, Butler has an extensive record of involvement in community service.
Therese Turner Jones is currently the Inter-American Development Bank's country representative in Jamaica. She has a master's degree in economics and served at the IMF and at the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
With extraordinary international experience, she also "has over 20 years of experience in the areas of macroeconomics and economic development, with particular emphasis in the Caribbean".
Dr. Reginald Eldon has a doctorate in theology and extensive administrative and leadership experience in various capacities with the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. He is also a gifted writer and public speaker.
He has extensive experience as an educator and in youth development, including having taught college level courses overseas. He is presently dean of the Centre for Leadership, Education and Training (CLET).
There are other Bahamians at home and abroad who may prove to be a novel choice as the next head of COB, including a number of medical doctors, international bankers or attorneys who meet the essential qualifications necessary to serve.
To attract the best talent possible we should be willing to handsomely remunerate the next president of COB, paying them a very good salary along with generous benefits. This is standard fare at many institutions of higher learning seeking to attract outstanding leaders.
We are often quite happy to pay foreign consultants all manner of handsome sums. The president of COB is a central figure in the life of the nation. He or he should be financially secure in order to lead one of our important national institutions.
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A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight......
- Genre : Crime, Drama, Western
- Rating : T - 15yrs and Older
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits....
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A Marine travels to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war....
(VIDEO) Wild River Books to release Marina Gottlieb Sarles novel, 'The Last Daughter of Prussia' - April 2nd, 2013
Wild River books presents a historical novel of suspense, love and
survival about the least known civilian mass exodus during the harsh
winter in the final months of World War II. Based on true stories passed
down over generations to author, Marina Gottlieb Sarles, The Last
Daughter of Prussia is a fast-paced, moving love story celebrating the
indomitable human spirit in the worst of times. The Last Daughter of
Prussia... for release April 2, 2013 by Wild River Books.
The Bahamas - Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon.
Hubert A. Minnis and AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas president, Lady Camille
Barnett, teamed up Monday to bring the message of HIV/AIDS awareness to
sixth-grade students of the Columbus Primary School in a novel way - through
Dr. Minnis and Lady Barnett's
collaboration was part of a national effort involving officials from the AIDS
Foundation of The Bahamas and 17 guest readers
who read excerpts from the book: "Under the Calabash Tree" to
sixth-grade students throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...