Pruning: Rereading Larry’s Party by Carol Shields


“This is the way it’s done, isn’t it? This is how other people do it.” How other people live their lives, that is. When Carol Shields tells the story of Larry Weller’s life, it begins with his having picked up somebody else’s coat and it ends with a party.

Pruning: Rereading Larry’s Party by Carol Shields2020-11-17T13:18:52-05:00

Spring 2018, In My Reading Log


Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008) I thought the footnotes would make it fun (like in a Steven Haywood short story); I was more focussed on the ‘wondrous’ than the warning of brevity. In fact, Oscar’s life emerges from dictatorship and constricted choices, and you

Spring 2018, In My Reading Log2018-06-05T10:29:52-05:00

Louis Riel: On the Page, On the Stage


The Canadian Opera Company is now presenting a new 50th-anniversary production of "Louis Riel", originally written for the celebration of the Canadian centenary in 1967, with an attempt to shift that oh-so-colonial gaze, now including indigenous artists and languages with more nuanced representations of the historical figures. These are powerfully important

Louis Riel: On the Page, On the Stage2019-05-11T19:55:12-05:00

About Darkness: Some recent discoveries


Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen. Published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. "There are definitely faster methods of making a picture, but few more enjoyable in a backwards sort of way." The artist was speaking of production,

About Darkness: Some recent discoveries2014-07-11T16:19:39-05:00

Stardust Readalong, Hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings


My experience with Neil Gaiman is relatively limited: Odd and the Frost Giants and the audio production of The Graveyard Book. Stardust is a very interesting third to add, and all the more so given that I have been reading the version illustrated by Charles Vess. 1997; DC Comics,

Stardust Readalong, Hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings2014-03-20T19:55:24-05:00
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