The word has just reached the Pacific shores of California that my dear friend (and editor) Deborah John has died. I am shaken by this news and wish to offer her family and colleagues my most sincere condolences. And I send them as well to all of the people in Trinidad and Tobago, for this is a national and, indeed, international loss.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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Her passing leaves a void that cannot be filled. I first met Deborah through my journalist friend, the late Terry Joseph, at the Calypso Revue nearly two decades ago.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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We immediately bonded over our shared love of kaiso and Carnival culture and also because of her deep appreciation of the King’s English, of which she was an immaculately schooled connoisseur.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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She was quite capable of having a fervent discussion about use of the semicolon or dangling modifiers.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

elmercuriodechile.com
She delighted in language. At some point, Deborah suggested that I begin writing about a variety of subjects for the Express, but mostly about calypso and its history, particularly as it manifested itself in the US and elsewhere in the Diaspora.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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But our shared interests were not limited to T&T culture. She encouraged me to write about geopolitics and other matters throughout the region. 

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