Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech

2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

When I invited my desk calendar to influence my reading plans, I was hoping to explore a city like this. Previously I could not have named a single Moroccan author—now there are several on my TBR list—and from the moment my research began, my starting point was clear. Tahar

Here and Elsewhere: Marrakech2020-08-17T17:43:14-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “From Cloud to Cloud” (1985)

2020-04-21T10:00:32-05:00

Having published one hundred and sixteen stories in The New Yorker, Mavis Gallant’s regular readers would have had to wait from April 15 until July 8 in 1985, to learn how life has been for the Carette sisters. The story opens like this: “The family’s experience of Raymond was

Mavis Gallant’s “From Cloud to Cloud” (1985)2020-04-21T10:00:32-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Chosen Husband” (1985)

2020-04-20T18:10:25-05:00

In the previous story, Berthe and Marie were six and four years old, but now they are twenty-two and twenty, when the Carette family is moving house once again. Having moved around the same neighbourhood every few seasons, they and their mother are signing a two-year lease for the

Mavis Gallant’s “The Chosen Husband” (1985)2020-04-20T18:10:25-05:00

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

2019-11-20T12:43:07-05:00

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

Still Thinking about The Handmaid’s Tale #MARM

2019-11-18T16:34:47-05:00

We’re more than halfway through the month of #MARM and today is Margaret Atwood’s 80th birthday. Naomi and I are supposed to be deep into discussions about The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments (her spoiler-free launch of The Ts discussion is here). But I’ve still got my head in

Still Thinking about The Handmaid’s Tale #MARM2019-11-18T16:34:47-05:00
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