By its nature this whole post is rather long: we are quoting from the twitter thread of Taffistan Am Byth, (formerly Jaan Exotic) @punkistani93, and continue now with her point 11.
11. Jim Perrin asks if it’s legit that @jomadine saw a snake in Cameroon, and then saw one on the telly in what I imagine was probably Ely, having chatted briefly with Eric on council estates. Mate, is this bloke serious? He simultaneously projects colonial tropes while denying: from childhood of finding a horned viper in a rat mole burrow is alien and terrifying. It’s integrated back into the world of the Cardiff housing estate in which he and his daughter eventually find themselves by the introduction of commentary from a David Attenborough documentary he watched on television in the latter place. Does that somehow shadow the veracity — if it is such — of the original account? It’s a question that could only arise when your belief in the author has been undermined. Continue reading
In this part we will quote at length a twitter thread which responds to the review by Jim Perrin, published in Welsh Arts Review in 2019, of: I, Eric Ngalle: One Man’s Journey Crossing Continents from Africa to Europe. Jim Perrin’s review caused considerable outrage leading to many incensed complaints to the editor of WAR; so much so that some three weeks later it was deemed necessary to remove it. (We imagine Jim Perrin was mortified, as usually he has ruled the roost in these matters and would not have expected to be challenged…) In this post we will also quote several excerpts from his ill-advised review. Continue reading
Our post on this subject is in two parts but, as we work on it, immediate access to the relevant twitter thread of Yasmin Begum can be found by checking out ‘Taffistan Am Byth — Jim Perrin’, which outlines her response to Jim Perrin’s review of Eric Ngalle’s biography.
None of the contents of his review will be surprising to those who have encountered him but it is interesting to see how his attitudes have become even more publicly extreme when unchecked. And it is significant that he has chosen to write in this way when, and particularly at this time, the BLM movement — Black Lives Matter— has risen to prominence. Meanwhile, as we said, we will endeavour to cover the story more fully, in two parts. Continue reading