I love song references in fiction for its ability to allow a narrative to be in conversation with the times, and in this way invested in the tangible world. In my short story collection, “How to Love a Jamaican,” the artists Kanye West, Tupac, Biggie, Britney Spears, Bob Marley, and Beenie Man are referenced in relationship to characters and are implicated in conversations about race, gender, and sexuality. I wanted to write a collection about the Caribbean that could speak to contemporary life. Now, I want to create another list of songs, a list that speaks to my headspace as I was writing these stories.
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