December 2017, In My Notebook

2017-12-07T09:58:16+00:00

This season, I took a break from my reading projects and played with the longlists for some of the Canadian literary prizes. Before I'd quite finished, I started in with the next Mavis Gallant short story collection. Still, I might yet finish the three remaining books. Alternatively, they might wait

December 2017, In My Notebook 2017-12-07T09:58:16+00:00

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills

2017-12-12T12:09:52+00:00

In which pages are turned, at a faster rate than usual. Character-soaked, but still fast-paced storytelling. Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves (2017) is set in a future in which the dominant culture has determined that the blood of indigenous peoples holds an inherent value for healing. Exploitation and genocide ensue. This

Page Turners: Thieves, Bombs, Predators, Gunshots, and Oil Spills 2017-12-12T12:09:52+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Night and Day” (1962)

2017-12-05T18:09:33+00:00

This story falls between some longer ones in Going Ashore, with Mavis Gallant's early and uncollected stories, "One Morning in May" and "A Day Like Any Other". Both stories in which young people's innocence moves into the shadows of experience. In the shorter stories I've been reading lately, "From Gamut to Yalta",

Mavis Gallant’s “Night and Day” (1962) 2017-12-05T18:09:33+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Siegfried’s Memoirs” (1982)

2017-12-03T17:07:24+00:00

Continuing in the vein of "From Gamut to Yalta" and "Dido Flute, Spouse to Europe", in only four pages, Mavis Gallant presents a cursory view of a life. Background music for Siegfried and Charles Although ostensibly an exercise in objectivity, a writer's imagined review of a man's memoirs,

Mavis Gallant’s “Siegfried’s Memoirs” (1982) 2017-12-03T17:07:24+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Dido Flute, Spouse to Europe” (1980)

2017-11-21T15:23:52+00:00

Presented as the "Addenda to a Major Biography", noted to be nearly 1000 pages long, these three pages are not a typical short story. Readers are left to assemble their impressions of Dido based on fragments of a relationship which occupied only a fragment of her life from a relational

Mavis Gallant’s “Dido Flute, Spouse to Europe” (1980) 2017-11-21T15:23:52+00:00