Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Trilling, Daniel. "Rhyme and Punishment for Naipaul." GUARDIAN June 1, 2008.
Walcott's new poem, "The Mongoose," is a fast-paced, savagely humorous demolition of Naipaul's work and personality that begins with the opening salvo: 'I have been bitten, I must avoid infection/Or else I'll be as dead as Naipaul's fiction.' It was premiered at the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica. Telling the audience, 'I think you'll recognise Mr Naipaul ... I'm going to be nasty', Walcott launched into The Mongoose amid a hubbub of surprised gasps and nervous laughter from the crowd. . . . Read the rest here: http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2283291,00.html.