What a show!

Michael Marshall Monoprints opened at Skoto Gallery on Thursday, March 1st, and remains on view through March 31st. What Marshall does with monoprints is at once magical and highly technical, producing texture, colors on colors, optical illusions fashioning new tonalities of blues and fire-engine reds juxtaposed against a verdant greens. His embossing, stitching effects are…

Is Just a Movie

There’s nothing in the world more fabulous than finding a good book to read. I’m in the midst of reading Earl Lovelace’s newest novel, Is Just a Movie (Haymarket Books, 2011), and it’s all I can do to not roll on the floor in laughter. What a fantastic read! You can meet Mr. Lovelace in…

Quincy’s Book Party Jan 15 2012

What a day we had on Sunday! Lots & lots of people, great food, great sorrel punch & ginger beer. Sam Murray cooked for me and we served curried chicken, curried goat, oxtails with butter beans, fried sweet plaintains, rice and peas, and sauted kale with a vinaigrette sauce by vegan chef Brenda Been was…

Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz moved to New York at the age of five and now divides his time between Morocco, his native Puerto Rico, and the United States. Elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American poets in 2008, Cruz was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall and Griffin Poetry Prizes. He won…

Victor Hernández Cruz: In the Shadow of Al-Andalus

On Sunday afternoon, November 13 from 2:00 to 5:00, virtuoso versifier Victor Hernández Cruz will be our special guest at the Harlem Arts Salon. He will be talking with Quincy Troupe about the craft of poetry and all that inspired Cruz’s newest volume of poems, In the Shadow of Al-Andalus. Whether you’re a bibliophile, scholar,…

Fast Food in Harlem

I’ve never considered cooking as a profession, because, as much as I like cooking, I don’t have the passion for it. I like cooking only for special occasions, say when company’s coming or for a special celebration. Then I can really get into it, and when I’m really into it, the thing I like most…

When you reach September….

The summer is just about over, and mercifully the god awful heat and humidity are abating. There are wondrous moments of cool breezes. Imagine August being cooler than July?! Unheard of. We kick off our fall line up on Sunday, September 26 at 3PM with Thomas Sayers Ellis, who has a beautiful new book called…

A Life’s Time

You know time’s a witch. She flies and flies and never apologizes for her speed. She’s like a mad driver on booze or whatever. So sometimes it takes a minute to recognize that our time vs her time isn’t within our control, and before you know it you’re looking back and thinking, “Jeez I wish…

Looking out the back door in Goyave

Night view from the verandah in Goyave

On the eve of my departure from Guadeloupe, I was able to capture our night view of the the sea, as it is illuminated by a full moon.  This chance to take in nature is rare for us who spend so much time in urban cities we love. Coming to Goyave to sit on the…

Post from Guadeloupe Jan 2010

January in Guadeloupe is one of the best times to visit this lush garden of tropical sun, azure sea, and verdant mountains. The weather is spectacular, not too hot, yet in the 80’s during the day & extremely balmy & mild at night. On this visit, in the countryside it was downright chilly! It’s also…