Mavis Gallant’s “Scarves, Beads, Sandals”

2020-08-26T13:03:21-05:00

No need to debate the significance of the Oxford comma here—there’s no ‘and’ to stir the pot. One could easily mis-identify the story and add the conjunction. But this is not a story about a set of accessories. It is about a series of another sort. A series of

Mavis Gallant’s “Scarves, Beads, Sandals”2020-08-26T13:03:21-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A Painful Affair” (1981)

2019-06-26T15:53:21-05:00

As soon as I met Henri Grippes, I felt like I knew him. He reminded me of Charles Filandreux in “Siegfried’s Memoirs” (in Coming Ashore). Filandreux is a writer, all tied up in knots at the idea of writing a review he “would undoubtedly be requested to write”. Except

Mavis Gallant’s “A Painful Affair” (1981)2019-06-26T15:53:21-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Speck’s Idea” (1979)

2019-06-04T10:39:27-05:00

“To take up residence in the mind of Mavis Gallant, as one does in reading her stories, is a privilege and delight,” writes Phyllis Rose, to begin her review of Overhead in a Balloon in the March 18, 1987 issue of The New Yorker. She speaks of Gallant’s ability

Mavis Gallant’s “Speck’s Idea” (1979)2019-06-04T10:39:27-05:00

On lonely characters (including Felix in Devin Krukoff’s Hummingbird)

2018-12-18T15:50:34-05:00

There are a lot of lonely characters in CanLit: just think about all that snow, how starkly a single shape stands out in relief against the “great northern woods and in the empty places of the earth”. (I’ve recently read Louis Hémon’s snow-soaked 1921 classic, Maria Chapdelaine, translated by

On lonely characters (including Felix in Devin Krukoff’s Hummingbird)2018-12-18T15:50:34-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Potter” (1977)

2018-12-12T14:53:51-05:00

At first it is surprising. To come across the word ‘defenestration’ in a Mavis Gallant story. Often these are inward-looking stories, detailed and expansive glimpses into the interior lives of quiet – and often solitary – characters. Someone drives too quickly or protests the contents of a sermon, someone

Mavis Gallant’s “Potter” (1977)2018-12-12T14:53:51-05:00
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