Monday, 25 November 2013

FOR THE RECORD: Latest issue of Jamaica Journal honours departed icons, reawakens pieces of the past

LUSH LIFE: "One of our core missions is to record contributions," editor Robinson-Walcott notes.

The very striking image of Ebony G. Patterson's The Observation (Bush Cockerel - A Fictitious History) adorns the cover of the latest issue of Jamaica Journal. "It highlights where we want to head with the [magazine]," editor Dr. Kim Robinson-Walcott says of the Marvin Bartley-shot photograph which depicts a pair of ominous male characters garbed in strange dress in an into-the-wild forest setting.

Now in it's 46th year (and marking its 34th volume), the Journal remains a venerable snapshot of the culture at large, boasting articles elucidating aspects of our diversely rich heritage, as well as features culled from the areas of science, the arts, technology and even archaeology.

"Still one of our core missions is to record contributions," Robinson-Walcott emphasized during the official launch on Sunday at the National Gallery, before going on to draw attention to the magazine's special tribute to the late Maurice Facey, a reliable patron of the publication; and a very readable and highly recommended piece on W. Adolphe Roberts' Jamaican connection.
Also noted: a Beverly Hamilton-penned article on Ranny Williams and the Garvey Movement and a must-read in-house tribute to the late great Dr. Olive Lewin.

Meantime, long-standing editorial committee member Prof. Rupert Lewis told me that this latest issue of the Journal happens to be "one of my favourites because of the artwork and the content." Tech-wise, Lewis later revealed that the development of an online edition of the publication, spurred by countless reader requests, could be realized within the next two years.

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