Mavis Gallant’s “Ernst in Civilian Clothes”

2018-05-22T10:16:57+00:00

"It is an attested fact that he was born in Mainz. Mainz is a place he passed through once, in a locked freight car when he was being transported through France with a convoy of prisoners." Willi and Ernst were prisoners of war together and in "Willi", Mavis Gallant's

Mavis Gallant’s “Ernst in Civilian Clothes” 2018-05-22T10:16:57+00:00

Survival of the Funniest

2018-05-23T15:11:09+00:00

Researching Dawn Dumont, to review her most recent collection, Glass Beads, this quote leapt out at me: "If you can laugh then you can survive until the solution arrives." (Room Magazine, interview with Theressa Slind) It's easy to dismiss funny books as light, insubstantial. To call them

Survival of the Funniest 2018-05-23T15:11:09+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “An Autobiography”

2018-05-15T10:53:52+00:00

“I served coffee in cups with Liberté and Patrie and a green-and-white shield of the Vaud on them. The parents of a pupil had bought them in Montreux for me once." Erika is a school-teacher, in a village a half-day's train ride from Montreux, Switzerland. She teaches girls elementary

Mavis Gallant’s “An Autobiography” 2018-05-15T10:53:52+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Old Friends”

2018-05-15T09:43:25+00:00

There is not so much sadness in this story. And, dessert is served. But there is nothing sugary about the relationship between Helena and the police commissioner. Even though they have been "friends forever". "On a silver dish, and on still another pink cloth, this one embroidered, are wedges

Mavis Gallant’s “The Old Friends” 2018-05-15T09:43:25+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Pegnitz Junction”

2018-05-15T09:41:01+00:00

“'Once there we are almost home. Pegnitz is a junction. Trains go through every few minutes, in all directions. In most directions,' he corrected." Herbert is careful to be exact when he's speaking to his young son, Little Bert, who believes every word his father says. Later when Herbert

Mavis Gallant’s “The Pegnitz Junction” 2018-05-15T09:41:01+00:00