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

Windows: Seth’s Clyde Fans (2019)

2020-10-01T10:04:34-05:00

Seth launched his own comic book, Palookaville, in 1991. That’s where readers first met the Matchcard brothers. The 2019 Drawn & Quarterly volume includes these earlier stories (distinguishable by stylistic variations) and substantially expands this family’s story. The brothers’ relationship is defined by their respective relationships with the family

Windows: Seth’s Clyde Fans (2019)2020-10-01T10:04:34-05:00

Something for Every Summer Reading Mood (including the new Katrina Onstad)

2020-07-09T13:59:58-05:00

I’m even more likely to pick up dark and disturbing stories when the sun is beating down. This stems to my “discovery” of Stephen King in a teenaged summer, beginning with Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. There I was: lying on my back in the grass behind the rented

Something for Every Summer Reading Mood (including the new Katrina Onstad)2020-07-09T13:59:58-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2020

2020-03-25T11:20:39-05:00

Aleichem, Gallant, Gardam, Keret, and Mutonji Short Stories in January, February and March Whether in a borrowed collection or from my own shelves, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to two favourite writers and also explored three new-to-me story writers.

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20202020-03-25T11:20:39-05:00

Shadow Giller: David Bezmozgis’ Immigrant City (2019)

2019-11-01T13:52:34-05:00

Along the way, I’ve missed only one of David Bezmozgis’ books. The last novel of his I read was The Free World and, reading through the quotations I saved from that reading, I was struck by how many older passages resonate with this new collection. Here is one which

Shadow Giller: David Bezmozgis’ Immigrant City (2019)2019-11-01T13:52:34-05:00
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