New Homes, Other Homes: Emigration and Immigration

2018-05-08T13:12:18+00:00

There are many amazing stories about moving from somewhere to elsewhere, about the process of elsewhere becoming somewhere. Take Rabindranath Maharaj's The Amazing Absorbing Boy - literally, amazing. It's right there on the cover. It's a real favourite of mine, in which seventeen-year-old Samuel reads comic books in Trinidad to

New Homes, Other Homes: Emigration and Immigration 2018-05-08T13:12:18+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” (1963)

2017-08-08T13:54:19+00:00

Reading this story might change your reading life forever. That's what happened to Peter Orner, whose essay on Mavis Gallant's stories is mesmerizing: "The Way Vivid, Way Underappreciated Short Stories of Mavis Gallant", published in The Atlantic's "By Heart" series. "The first story I read is called 'The Ice Wagon

Mavis Gallant’s “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” (1963) 2017-08-08T13:54:19+00:00

In My Stacks, May 2016

2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

How much of your reading is non-fiction? Does it fluctuate, or are you committed to reading (or not reading) it? When others were participating in non-fiction November last year, and actually reading a lot of the books that I'd been kinda-half-sorta thinking about reading, I realised that tending towards fiction

In My Stacks, May 2016 2017-07-20T18:03:10+00:00

Mireille Silcoff’s Chez L’Arabe (2014)

2017-07-24T15:11:50+00:00

Weeks after reading these stories, a glance at the table of contents brings back their characters and arcs in a moment. (With "Flower Watching" and "Eskimos" I also required the aid of the characters' names I'd noted.) These stories stood out, not only as independent narratives but, simultaneously, for the

Mireille Silcoff’s Chez L’Arabe (2014) 2017-07-24T15:11:50+00:00

January 2015, In My Reading Log

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

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 Log 2015-02-02T11:50:59+00:00