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Into such an India I am born. As the firstborn daughter, I enjoy an enviable position in the family and am subject to huge amounts of pampering.

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To me, being a slut meant being promiscuous, and being promiscuous meant being desirable, and being desirable meant being powerful.

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It stretched its body from the roof of the cage to kiss her back as if the two were lovers.

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No more than dancer from dance, art from life, can you tell the placemat from the supper.

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They were African American women who were on fire, and most of the world craved their heat.

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It’s not about a cat. My relationship with my cat was civil. She didn’t like people; she only liked me.

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My phone goes off. It’s a text. The first response to my ad today: “Nice pic. Got a face?”

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A discussion with Jacqueline Bishop, the winner of the 2016 nonfiction Bocas Prize, about art, feminism, and the state of Caribbean literature.

"...being a slut meant being promiscuous, and being promiscuous meant being desirable, and being desirable meant being powerful."