Reading Pictures: What We Think About When We Look at Art – #CCF

Reading Pictures: What We Think About When We Look at Art by Alberto Manguel

The first time I stepped into an art gallery I was lost. I didn’t know how to engage with the the works that were mounted and framed on the walls. I didn’t know how to read or find a narrative in the beautiful, sometimes disturbing pictures that I was seeing. Manguel’s book Reading Pictures: What We think About When Look At Art is not a how to book, it makes no pretentious claims about what the reader should have achieved after closing the back cover, instead what his book offers are few examples of how certain art works can be interpreted based on common understandings, iconography or image writing.

The above excerpt is from Kwame Slusher’s review of Reading Pictures: What We Think When We Look at Art by Alberto Manguelthis week’s addition to the Fresh Milk Books Tumblr – the online space inviting interaction with our collection in the Colleen Lewis Reading Room.

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Slaying the Mermaid: Women and the Culture of Sacrifice #CCF

To be honest, the book felt personal. I could relate to my grandmother’s and mother’s continued self-sacrifice, but it also didn’t challenge the statement I’m about to share at the start of this essay.
After making the misguided statement that “Men are better leaders than women,” and having to defend myself in a series of debates that followed, I was pressured into reading a book on feminism so I could ‘get my mind right’. So I selected the one that caught my attention—Stephanie Golden’s Slaying the Mermaid: Women and the Culture of Sacrifice…

It may have been the wrong choice.

The above excerpt is from Ronald Williams’ review of Slaying the Mermaid: Women and the Culture of Sacrifice by Stephanie Goldenthis week’s addition to the Fresh Milk Books Tumblr – the online space inviting interaction with our collection in the Colleen Lewis Reading Room.

For new Critical. Creative. Fresh reviews every week, look out for our #CCF Weekly posts and see the great material we have available at Fresh Milk!

Sovereignty of the Imagination: Conversations III #CCF

Sovereignty of the Imagination

George Lamming’s Sovereignty of the Imagination: Conversations III is an interesting dialogue. It explores how European imperialism and colonialism has influenced the cultural identity of the Caribbean. Separated into the essaysSovereignty of the Imagination and Language and the Politics of Ethnicity, the novel addresses the way social institutions are founded in imperialism, and the way this shapes the social constructs of race, class, nationalism and popular ideas about language. It is this latter essay, and in particular Lamming’s discussion on the race relations between the Afro and Indo-Caribbean populations, which resonates with me the most.

The above excerpt is from Ronald Williams review of George Lamming’s Sovereignty of the Imagination: Conversations III, this week’s addition to the Fresh Milk Books Tumblr – the online space inviting interaction with our collection in the Colleen Lewis Reading Room.

For new Critical. Creative. Fresh reviews every week, look out for our #CCF Weekly posts and see the great material we have available at Fresh Milk!

Pink Collars – #CCF

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Carla Freeman’s High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy (2000) is described as an “ethnography of globalisation positioned at the intersection between political economy and cultural studies”.  Don’t be scared off by this heavy description—chapter one opens in the Barbados Harbour Industrial Park, where ‘minivans with open doors are parked tightly’ and women are ‘proudly dressed in suits and fashions that identify them as “office” workers’.  With the symbolism of high tech and high heels firmly in place, Freeman’s text introduces the jargon.

The above excerpt is from Amanda Domalene Haynes’ review of Carla Freeman’s High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy: Women, Work and Pink Collar Identities in the Caribbeanthis week’s addition to the Fresh Milk Books Tumblr – the online space inviting interaction with our collection in the Colleen Lewis Reading Room.

For new Critical. Creative. Fresh reviews every week, look out for our #CCF Weekly posts and see the great material we have available at Fresh Milk!

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