Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)

2020-08-26T12:47:25-05:00

Many of the letters in A Memoir of Friendship are about writing and reading, books and manuscripts; Blanche Howard and Carol Shields swapped book recommendations and writing frustrations and philosophies alongside the everyday stuff and nonsense of life. In 1993, Blanche wrote to Carol Shields, two years after their

Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)2020-08-26T12:47:25-05:00

Shadow Giller: Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart (2012; Trans. Peter McCambridge, 2018)

2018-11-17T16:06:21-05:00

Shadow Giller review contents: In Short, a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail, elaborating on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable (perhaps only interesting for others who have read the book or who have an interest more mechanical aspects of

Shadow Giller: Eric Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart (2012; Trans. Peter McCambridge, 2018)2018-11-17T16:06:21-05:00

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

Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions

2018-06-21T08:10:25-05:00

This bundle of books, with the Canadian Reading Challenge in mind (this, the eleventh year, hosted by The Indextrious Reader, with sign-ups for the twelfth year now posted), was particularly delectable. I love the idea of telling the story of a life in a way that feels true, whether

Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions2018-06-21T08:10:25-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “One Aspect of a Rainy Day” (1962)

2018-01-02T13:12:25-05:00

What aspect of any single day makes for a good story? A rainy day or otherwise?  "Foreign papers exaggerate; Stefan’s mother sent him such anxious letters from Berlin! He would write tonight and tell her not to worry. Nothing was as serious as it seemed from the outside. Moreover, his

Mavis Gallant’s “One Aspect of a Rainy Day” (1962)2018-01-02T13:12:25-05:00
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