Mavis Gallant’s “Virus X” (1965)

2019-03-20T09:49:50-05:00

Vera’s sister-in-law sends tins of aspirin in her care packages, always with one pill missing. Nobody knows why, and, at the heart of it, this is what this forty-page-long story is all about. Nah, I’m making a joke. Actually, stealing one. Because it’s Vera who thinks it’s amusing to lend

Mavis Gallant’s “Virus X” (1965)2019-03-20T09:49:50-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In the Tunnel” (1970)

2018-08-27T12:36:30-05:00

Having had such a difficult relationship with her mother, Mavis Gallant must have hoped for more from her father. But think of the separateness of the child and father in “Wing’s Chips” (a story with outward similarities to some of Gallant’s childhood experiences). And the outright conflict in “The Rejection”. She

Mavis Gallant’s “In the Tunnel” (1970)2018-08-27T12:36:30-05:00

January 2015, In My Reading Log

2015-02-02T11:50:59-05:00

Ater a year of new-new-new, January has been filled with the familiar, the known. It's not been about making new-shiny-library-residing friends, but about becoming better acquainted with long-time residents of my own bookshelves, remembering what drew particular authors onto my MRE (MustReadEverything) list and particular books onto my shelves. Have

January 2015, In My Reading Log2015-02-02T11:50:59-05:00

Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex (2013)

2014-05-13T15:43:32-05:00

"There’s no backstitching in stories. Nothing can be locked in place." So says a character in Studio Saint-Ex, but readers of Ania Szado's second novel might disagree; she seems to have no trouble locking a good story in place. She began where all good stories begin, with a fascination. In

Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex (2013)2014-05-13T15:43:32-05:00

Drawing Conclusions: Three Graphic Works

2014-03-15T18:41:06-05:00

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival Arthur A. Levine Books - Scholastic Books, 2006 The wordless images in The Arrival are often breath-taking, sometimes sad and always evocative. (You can see one of them here, on the author's page.) Tan says: "I see each book as an experiment in visual and written narrative,

Drawing Conclusions: Three Graphic Works2014-03-15T18:41:06-05:00
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