Mavis Gallant’s “A Question of Disposal”


In other Mavis Gallant stories, we have met characters whose hold on life is more tenacious than expected. In “The Remission” (1979), for instance. Everyone has made plans with an exit in mind, but nothing goes as expected. And in “The End of the World” (1967), we have a

Mavis Gallant’s “A Question of Disposal”2019-12-03T21:19:41-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Better Times”


In the collection, In Transit, this story’s placement, next to “When We Were Nearly Young” is brilliant. Two experiences of impoverishment: with different settings, life stages, and stakes. But rather than focus on a series of single people, “Better Times” concentrates on a married couple: Susan and Guy. It's

Mavis Gallant’s “Better Times”2019-11-22T18:54:03-05:00

Reviewing Episode One of The Handmaid’s Tale #MARM (Spoilery)


When the Commander and Offred are playing Scrabble in episode three, all the tiles are turned face-down except for two: ‘M’ and ‘A’. When you’re in the middle of Margaret Atwood Reading Month, an ‘M’ and an ‘A’ are immediately recognizable as relevant. And it’s details like this which

Reviewing Episode One of The Handmaid’s Tale #MARM (Spoilery)2019-11-20T13:01:43-05:00

Moving from The Handmaid’s Tale to The Testaments #MARM


There are three things that I noticed in this rereading of The Handmaid’s Tale. The use of time in the narrative. The importance of what is not said. The matter of world-building and perspective. In all three, readers are wholly engaged. Engaged in the use of time, in the

Moving from The Handmaid’s Tale to The Testaments #MARM2019-11-20T12:43:07-05:00