Winter 2019: In My Reading Log


There’s a shadow over Cherie Dimaline’s latest novel, Empire of Wild (2019). Part of it could appear in a history text: “In the church and at his Catholic day school, the priests called seven the age of reason. Moshom called it the age of learning how the hell to

Winter 2019: In My Reading Log2021-01-06T12:23:29-05:00

Reflecting: 2019’s Reading (Stats and Stuff)


As always, GoodReads does a nice job of summarizing my reading (Amazon-owned, even so). This year GR points to 317 books and 82,619 pages. (Fortunately it doesn't point to the unfortunate amount of grime on the ceiling fans and behind the radiators. Or how, sometimes, I forget birthdays and anniversaries.)

Reflecting: 2019’s Reading (Stats and Stuff)2020-01-09T12:27:15-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Statues Taken Down” (1965)


Readers never meet her directly, but we are told that she looks like the Holbein portrait of Lady Barker. (Here shown in such a way that it’s easy to imagine a wallet photo.) This is the mother of Hal and Dorothy. Once George Crawley’s wife. On the surface, this

Mavis Gallant’s “The Statues Taken Down” (1965)2019-12-24T08:18:22-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In Transit”


An airport is as good as a train for setting a story in, when that story is about change. So here we are, in the Helsinki airport for this very short, titular story by Mavis Gallant. (And can I just say: how wonderful is the ‘net for locating images,

Mavis Gallant’s “In Transit”2019-12-23T20:15:50-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Careless Talk”


For those who haven’t yet, in the time I’ve been chatting about Mavis Gallant’s stories, read the opening of a story – To give you a sense of all that she encapsulates in a small space, the way she creates a world in a little-more-than-a-dozen-pages-long work – Here

Mavis Gallant’s “Careless Talk”2019-12-19T13:24:57-05:00
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