Jamaica Kincaid is featured in the “10 Questions” section of Time magazine’s February 4 issue and I must say, I’m motivated to read more of her work. Evidently she has a new book out called See Now Then about a Caribbean writer who lives with her composer husband and their two children.
Although the description of the main character and her circumstances seem to parallel Kincaid’s life, she says the book isn’t about her.
In the interview, and apparently in her book, she talks about love, hatred, marriage, the concept of “dead” marriages, and a bit of her views on race and power.
Here are three of the Q&A excerpts that I find most intriguing:
Interviewer: What do you mean when you write that one form of love is hatred?
When you find someone you hate a lot, you should really look at it. It’s bending toward that thing called love. When you find someone you love intensely, you should watch it. It’s getting closer to its opposite.
There’s less in this book about slavery and race than in some of your prior work. Are you still interested in those subjects?
Race is not particularly interesting to me. Power is……
So it’s not interesting to you that the most powerful man in America is black?
Not really. But here’s an interesting thing. As I say, race is not important to me. The first time I saw Barack Obama, he gave a wonderful speech. But what made me really like him is that his wife came out and she was darker than he is. It’s so rare to see a black man married to a woman who is darker than he is.
And check this out! I didn’t know that Time has video footage of these interviews!
Watch Jamaica Kincaid answer Belinda Luscombe's 10 questions