Return Trips: Here and Elsewhere

2020-12-27T14:26:34-05:00

Over the year, my #HereandElsewhere project took me to the following places in my reading: Copenhagen, London, Havana, Kyoto, Paris, San Francisco, Marrakech, Mexico City, Rome, Shanghai, Amsterdam and New York City. But even while an ordinary desk-top calendar inspired me to read and watch beyond my usual borders, I was even more acutely aware of

Return Trips: Here and Elsewhere2020-12-27T14:26:34-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In Plain Sight”

2020-09-18T14:25:32-05:00

How can I explain how pleased I was to find Henri Grippes in one of the final stories in the Paris collection? It’s not as though we’re friends, but I’ve been wondering how he’s been keeping. And now, with just a few of Mavis Gallant’s stories left to read

Mavis Gallant’s “In Plain Sight”2020-09-18T14:25:32-05:00

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 “Forain”

2020-06-01T09:49:31-05:00

In the late edition of the Sunday New York Times, on September 12, 1993 John McGahern describes "Forain" as “a story that is as close to perfection as possible”. What a compliment. He says that “Mrs. Gallant has always written well about the Parisian emigre world, but never better

Mavis Gallant’s “Forain”2020-06-01T09:49:31-05:00

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
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