Brad Phillips is an artist and writer based in Kingston, Jamaica. His latest book is Essays and Fictions. He is a regular contributor to Purple magazine, and his first novel will be published by Tyrant Books in late 2021.
I recently discovered that—unlike in my twenties—at 46 years old I am able to spend innumerable hours watching The X-Files unassisted by marijuana.
What I mean is that the narrative of the life of Nina Simone, up until 1976, had created a perfect moment in time and space for her to vanish. Walk off the stage while she sat at the piano. Dissociate.