Here and Elsewhere: San Francisco

2020-06-19T16:36:20-05:00

Everything I knew about cities, when I was a girl, I learned from stories. One novel that stood out for me was Marilyn Sachs’ Amy Moves In, a story which has a family moving into an apartment in a city, where Amy has to start at a new school

Here and Elsewhere: San Francisco2020-06-19T16:36:20-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Mlle. Dias de Corta”

2020-06-01T19:46:20-05:00

When Robert’s mother observes Alda’s signature and recognizes the pride and secrecy in its long loops and closed As, I think about the handwriting course that Mme Brounet took in Dédé. But I also think of Mavis Gallant writing long-hand and the hours she spent studying her own cursive

Mavis Gallant’s “Mlle. Dias de Corta”2020-06-01T19:46:20-05:00

Here and Elsewhere: Paris

2020-06-02T08:13:47-05:00

Although it was a challenge to find Kyoto within these four walls (without access to the public library, still in lockdown), it was easy to find Paris for May’s Here and Elsewhere. And if my calendar image looks familiar, it’s because a photograph of the same scene has frequently

Here and Elsewhere: Paris2020-06-02T08:13:47-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Across the Bridge” (1991)

2020-05-19T09:41:12-05:00

Since I began this project of rereading through Mavis Gallant’s stories, in January 2017, I’ve had this story in the back of my mind, unable to place it. I should have suspected it would reside here, in my first Gallant collection. Instead, I had begun to wonder if it

Mavis Gallant’s “Across the Bridge” (1991)2020-05-19T09:41:12-05:00

An Act of Homage: Rereading Wayson Choy

2020-04-30T09:08:45-05:00

Rereading Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony (1995) is a blatant act of homage. When I first heard Choy read from his work, he was promoting his memoir Paper Shadows (1999) at a Pride event. He was reading with Marnie Woodrow and Sky Gilbert: one, a curly-haired slightly messy young

An Act of Homage: Rereading Wayson Choy2020-04-30T09:08:45-05:00