Mavis Gallant’s “A Painful Affair” (1981)

2019-06-26T15:53:21-05:00

As soon as I met Henri Grippes, I felt like I knew him. He reminded me of Charles Filandreux in “Siegfried’s Memoirs” (in Coming Ashore). Filandreux is a writer, all tied up in knots at the idea of writing a review he “would undoubtedly be requested to write”. Except

Mavis Gallant’s “A Painful Affair” (1981)2019-06-26T15:53:21-05:00

A Glimpse of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Work #ReadIndigenous

2019-06-25T12:42:41-05:00

Beginning June 1, through today, June 21st, I’ve been sharing a recommended read by an indigenous author each day on Twitter. On May 30th, there was also talk here of the most recent Thomas King mystery, on June 1st talk of Daniel Heath Justice’s Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, and

A Glimpse of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Work #ReadIndigenous2019-06-25T12:42:41-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Luc and His Father” (1982)

2019-06-19T16:10:55-05:00

Imagine a ribbon. Pinch a loop of it between your index finger and thumb. The small piece you grasp is where the story begins and ends, while in between recounting “the year of shocks”. We meet the Clairvoie family when son Luc has failed his course of study. Spectacularly

Mavis Gallant’s “Luc and His Father” (1982)2019-06-19T16:10:55-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Overhead in a Balloon” (1984)

2019-06-11T15:16:00-05:00

We have to assume that Speck came first, with “Speck’s Idea” published in 1979. “Overhead in a Balloon” was published five years later (both stories in the pages of “The New Yorker”, where the majority of Mavis Gallant’s stories appeared before they were bound into collections). So we have

Mavis Gallant’s “Overhead in a Balloon” (1984)2019-06-11T15:16:00-05:00

Lee Maracle: An Assortment #ReadIndigenous

2019-05-19T17:14:52-05:00

Beginning June 1, through June 21, I’ve been sharing a recommended read by an indigenous author each day on Twitter. Today, here, thoughts on an assortment of Lee Maracle’s books. On May 30th, there was talk of the latest Thomas King mystery, on June 1st talk of Daniel Heath

Lee Maracle: An Assortment #ReadIndigenous2019-05-19T17:14:52-05:00