- gangster movies and soaps preferably about Don Corleone or Pablo Escobar.
- anything written by Junot Díaz or John Steinbeck.
- anything recorded by D’Angelo , Hiatus Kaiyote, Kaytranada or El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
- Brazil Nuts.
Become Salsa Queen of Colombia/ Grow a ‘fro rivalling Esperanza Spalding’s in volume and majesty.
I came upon this gem while I was stuck in a fusty university library trying to read an entire year’s worth of postcolonial theory in the two weeks before my final exams. It’s from Edward Said’s ‘Reflections on Exile’, a stunning essay which explores numerous conditions of exile and diaspora. It left me slightly chastened about my indulgent hourly identity crises but ultimately in awe of its clarity and wisdom. In it he quotes Hugo of St Victor. a twelfth century monk from Saxony:
‘The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is already strong; but he is perfect to whom the entire world is a foreign land. The tender soul has fixed his love on one spot in the world; the strong man has extended his love to all places; the perfect man has extinguished his.’
*drops the mic*