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,

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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

Mavis Gallant’s “Paola and Renata” (1965)

2017-11-21T15:27:35+00:00

The widow has let her hair go. It is half mahogany and half dull grey. Not only grey, but dull grey. Paola and Renata's listening that summer One has the sense that being a widow might have brought this about. The simple act of inhabiting widowhood. But that

Mavis Gallant’s “Paola and Renata” (1965) 2017-11-21T15:27:35+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “From Gamut to Yalta” (1980)

2017-11-10T17:11:11+00:00

So short. Four pages. And, yet, a man considering his entire life and the geo-political map of his day. Its shifting (and not-so shifting) borders are intertwined with his ideas about his marriage. This seems to draw the noose of relationship between the personal and the political uncomfortably - even

Mavis Gallant’s “From Gamut to Yalta” (1980) 2017-11-10T17:11:11+00:00