One time, many years ago while I served in semi-public office at the University of the West Indies, we invited one of my favourite writers to speak at a Guild event. B.C. Pires began an insightful and at several moments amusing speech by saying, "It never ceases to amaze me that people think that because one writes that they can also speak," or something to that effect. Hard on himself, his sharing with us was not at all far removed from what I have grown accustomed to in his weekly columns.
B.C. has produced, in typical style, another classic worth clipping, titled "Middle Aged Adolescent," as Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 45 years of Independence.