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Jamaica Kincaid
(1949-____) born on
May 25
Antigua-US journalist. Eleanor P. Richardson came to the US at age 16; joined "The New Yorker;" 1976, as a journalist; published short stories "At the Bottom of the River."
         
   
F
I didn't think of myself as an outsider because of my race because... where I grew up I was the same race as almost everyone else... It is true that I noticed things that no one else seemed to notice. And I think only people who are outsiders do this.

R
I swim in a shaft of light, upside down, and I can see myself clearly, through and through, from every angle. Perhaps I stand on the brink of a great discovery.
A
In isolation I ruthlessly plow the deep silences, seeking my opportunities like a miner seeking veins of treasures. In what shallow glimmering space shall I find what glimmering glory?
N
My disappointments stand up and grow ever taller. They will not be lost to me.
K
If I actually ran the world, I'd do it from the kitchen. It's not anything deliberate or a statement or anything, that's just how I understand things. It's arranged along informal lines.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya," by Terri L. Jewell, 1993.
R: "Wingless."
A: "Blackness."
N: "Wingless."
K: In "The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya," by Terri L. Jewell, 1993.
   


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