Prince: Welcome 2 America review and my Top 7 Prince songs (USA)

AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN review no 181, by Imogen G I’ve been feeling for a while that it is more or less impossible to pick a “best” US musician, as (along with the UK) the USA has dominated popular music basically for ever, or certainly throughout my lifetime. Then I started listening to Welcome 2 …

Talk to Me by T. C. Boyle (USA)

Book 11 of my #20booksofsummer, Review no 169 AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN Progress has slowed on the blog in recent weeks, as work has ramped up to crazy levels and I’ve been working till late every day, though some time off is in sight. I finished Talk to Me by T. C. Boyle a while …

Review no 65: Art for lockdown: US artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

THE AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN I have long admired the work of acclaimed American artist Edward Hopper, probably most famous for his work Nighthawks. His life and work has been written about particularly evocatively by Olivia Laing in her book The Lonely City. That book talked about the effects of loneliness on creativity, and on …

Review no 7: Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (USA)

THE AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN It might seem like cheating to discuss a book by an American author so early on in this project, when the whole point is surely to open my eyes to other parts of the world. But after reading this short, devastating and immersive book I felt it had earned a …