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Talk Stories

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From "The Talk of the Town," Jamaica Kincaid's first impressions of snobbish, mobbish New York

Talk Pieces is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983. Kincaid found a unique voice, at once in sync with William Shawn's tone for
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 9th 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2001)
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Kesia Alexandra
Oct 28, 2014 Kesia Alexandra rated it really liked it
There are two questions people love to ask seasoned writers. The first is “when did you start writing?” and the second is usually, “what made you start?” Both questions are paradoxically valuable to young writers, or the answers are rather. While every writer has a different path and knowing another’s can’t necessarily illuminate what decisions you should make, it is nice to know that many writers who are now considered irreplaceable had humble beginnings.
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Oct 10, 2012 S. rated it liked it
It's mostly a compilation of her Talk on the Town pieces for the New Yorker, but what I like about it is that you can clearly see where her writing style started, how it evolved into the New Yorker's voice, but then the ways in which it was still uniquely her own, which I suppose is the fundamental trick about writing. How to sound, essentially, like yourself. Or have a clearly identifiable voice, even when you're writing in an anonymous plural third-person. She also writes like she's not impres ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Layne rated it it was amazing
I got this book from Crystal, and it was the perfect bus/carry around book. It's a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's short "talk of the town" pieces for the New Yorker, and it has lots of interesting details about life in New York in the 1970's as well as just some beautiful writing. I really loved it--I'd be glad to lend it out, too.
Aug 22, 2007 Joslyn rated it liked it
Shelves: shorts
very short shorts, and factual, conversational recaps like journal entries.
Jan 30, 2008 Tiphany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's read "The New Yorker" and hated it.
On the cover, Ms. Kincaid looks like a child, but really, she was in her twenties.

Laugh-out-loud funny, and bare-boned as The Glass house, I wish I could go back in time and be her friend a bit.
The seventies in New York City, Friday afternoons dancing at the discotheque, all with Jamaica Kincaid. Sounds perfect.
Apr 13, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
I read this book several years ago, and I remember loving it. It chronicles Jamaica Kincaid's beginnings as a writer. She's one of my favorite authors.
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Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist, gardener, and former reporter for The New Yorker Magazine. She is a Professor of Literature at Claremont-McKenna College.
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