Witness: Carol Shields’ Happenstance and The Stone Diaries

2020-12-27T14:27:37-05:00

The call for witnesses in The Stone Diaries resonates throughout Shields’ work: “Life is an endless recruiting of witnesses. It seems we need to be observed in our postures of extravagance or shame, we need attention paid to us. Our own memory is altogether too cherishing, which is the

Witness: Carol Shields’ Happenstance and The Stone Diaries2020-12-27T14:27:37-05:00

Rereading Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye (1988)

2020-12-27T14:27:22-05:00

Rereading Cat’s Eye while rereading Rosemary Sullivan’s biography of Margaret Atwood emphasized the parallels between the narrator’s and author’s childhoods. I was a teenager when I read Cat’s Eye for the first time; I would have had no idea that Elaine’s childhood of lakes and insects was Peggy’s childhood

Rereading Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye (1988)2020-12-27T14:27:22-05:00

Sealed: Rereading Carol Shields (A Celibate Season)

2020-10-01T16:37:50-05:00

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)2020-10-01T16:37:50-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A State of Affairs”

2020-06-01T20:09:43-05:00

If Forain was reading this story, the one which follows the story about him, in Mavis Gallant’s ninth collection, he would be so disappointed to hear that M. Wroblewski can’t find a thing to read in Paris. “There are no books worth reading—nothing but pornography and translated Western trash.”

Mavis Gallant’s “A State of Affairs”2020-06-01T20:09:43-05:00

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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