Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose books include Names of New York and Island People: The Caribbean and the World. He teaches at NYU. (March 2021)
Chris Ofili: Caged in Paradise
I think of something Chris Ofili said once, about cages and songs and liberation and constraint and how they may all relate to what it is to be human. I asked him if he might point me to where in his adopted home of Trinidad he’d taken certain shots of ball courts and palms. His typical reply makes me laugh: “Seeking is better than finding.”
September 24, 2018
Life on the Verge
Cuba on the Verge: Twelve Writers on Continuity and Change in Havana and Across the Country
edited by Leila Guerriero
April 5, 2018 issue
Dominica: After the Storm
Lennox Honychurch wrote the book on Dominica. Born on this small, mountainous island in the Windward Antilles in 1952, he first published The Dominica Story in 1975. Joshua Jelly-Schapiro spoke to him after Hurricane Maria blasted the island with 160-mile-per-hour winds, leaving it decimated.
December 28, 2017
Yale vs. History
I couldn’t help feeling ambivalent about the news that Yale had decided to rename John C. Calhoun College. I worry about the dangers of condescending to the past—about the ways that removing history’s visible traces, in a putative effort to fight its legacies, can more harm that cause than help it.
February 27, 2017
The Bob Marley Story
Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
by Christopher John Farley
Bob Marley: Herald of the Postcolonial World?
by Jason Toynbee
The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century
by Vivien Goldman
Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley
by David Burnett
April 9, 2009 issue