Dear Reader: What’s Told? Or, the Telling of It?

2020-05-15T15:05:12-05:00

In my recent reading, it’s been as much about how the story is told as it’s been about the story itself. This certainly isn’t a new idea—these examples span three decades—but sometimes the phenomenon is more prevalent in my stacks. Maybe you’ve read some of these, or maybe

Dear Reader: What’s Told? Or, the Telling of It?2020-05-15T15:05:12-05:00

May 2019, In My Reading Log

2019-09-25T14:38:37-05:00

A single-sitting read, a summer road-trip, and Sesame Street: good reading. Margriet De Moor’s Sleepless Night (1989; Trans. David Doherty 2019) “Sleepless night succeeded sleepless night – agonized day followed agonized day.” This, from L.M. Montgomery’s 1918 journal, came to mind when I was reading Margriet De Moor’s Sleepless Night

May 2019, In My Reading Log2019-09-25T14:38:37-05:00

Summer 2015, In My Bookbag

2017-07-24T15:25:58-05:00

Tomorrow, I will be on the move. So many of the books currently occupying a position in my stacks are bulky and heavy, that it was easy to choose amongst the skinny residents. I have one more story to read in Gabrielle Roy's The Road Past Altamont. There are only three in

Summer 2015, In My Bookbag2017-07-24T15:25:58-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2014

2020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00

In collection reading, since Quarterly Stories: Winter 2013 I've read Susie Moloney's Things Withered, the latest installment of the Alice Munro reading project, B.J. Novak's One More Thing, and the most recent volume of Journey Prize stories.  But mostly I've been dipping into single stories in recent months. Partly this was inspired by random samplings of the latest ReLit

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20142020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00

Who wouldn’t want to Shimmershine?

2014-03-09T19:40:20-05:00

Camille Yarbrough's The Shimmershine Queens Putnam-Penguin 1989 When I've had one of those soulfully-exhausting days (or weeks), one of the things that I like to do is browse in the children's library. I have my favourite branches, but often this is a hasty act of desperation which involves stopping at

Who wouldn’t want to Shimmershine?2014-03-09T19:40:20-05:00
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