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

Jean-Michel Fortier’s The Unknown Huntsman (2014; 2016)

2020-07-30T14:36:07-05:00

In a few weeks, Jean-Michel Fortier’s new novel The Electric Baths will be reviewed in the new issue of World Literature Today, translated by Katherine Hastings. A galloping read populated by an inordinate number of widows and tragic ends. There are some bloody bits but you're caught between gasping

Jean-Michel Fortier’s The Unknown Huntsman (2014; 2016)2020-07-30T14:36:07-05:00

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
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