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


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)2017-12-03T17:07:24-05:00

In My Reading Log


At the beginning of March, I was determined to keep my nose in a stack of backlisted books. Books like these are the kind that to keep my focus on my own shelves in this reading year. Chad Pelley’s Every Little Thing (2013) “Every day, every hour, really, it was a

In My Reading Log2015-06-08T14:39:17-05:00

“The Moons of Jupiter” Alice Munro


Many aspects of "The Moons of Jupiter" recall elements of Rose's life in the connected stories of in Who Do You Think You Are? (The Beggar Maid). In both cases, the narrator is a divorced woman beyond her child-bearing years, with a career in the arts, facing later milestones in her life while

“The Moons of Jupiter” Alice Munro2014-03-17T16:18:31-05:00

“Visitors” Alice Munro


Albert, Grace and Vera are the visitors; Albert is Wilfred's brother, and Wilfred and Mildred are the married hosts. The brothers, Albert and Wilfred, haven't seen each other for thirty years. If circumstances had been different, the story might have been titled "Brothers", but it's titled "Visitors", emphasizing the unfamiliar,

“Visitors” Alice Munro2014-03-17T16:18:40-05:00

“Hard-Luck Stories” Alice Munro


Just how old are they, these women in Alice Munro's stories, these women in "Hard-Luck Stories" in particular. "Over the past couple of years I have experienced moments of disbelief when I meet my friends in public. They look older than I think they should." These stories still feel current

“Hard-Luck Stories” Alice Munro2014-03-17T16:18:59-05:00
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