Mavis Gallant’s “Grippes and Poche” (1982)

2019-07-16T09:13:40-05:00

This story is about Henri Grippes (familiar for readers of this collection, from “A Painful Affair” and “A Flying Start”) and O. Poche, who works in the taxation office. But it’s also about novelist Henri Grippes and his imaginings of O. Poche, who will appear in countless fictions. This

Mavis Gallant’s “Grippes and Poche” (1982)2019-07-16T09:13:40-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A Flying Start” (1982)

2019-07-09T13:05:04-05:00

“All raise hands, please, who remember Rosalia. (Camera on studio smiles.)” You remember Rosalia, right? We met her in “A Painful Affair”, this collection’s fourth story: the dedicated servant of Miss Mary Margaret Pugh. Miss Pugh’s artistic patronage is not-yet-transpired in “Larry” (Larry is her half-brother), it’s an already-transpired-fact

Mavis Gallant’s “A Flying Start” (1982)2019-07-09T13:05:04-05:00

Shadow Giller: Sheila Heti’s Motherhood (2018)

2018-11-05T19:17:38-05:00

As I was saying, my Shadow Giller reviews will appear in a slightly different format: first, In Short, a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal, and, next, In Detail, which will expound upon one aspect of the book which I found remarkable (but which might

Shadow Giller: Sheila Heti’s Motherhood (2018)2018-11-05T19:17:38-05:00

Reading City Streets

2018-10-04T13:45:42-05:00

Yes, I am that person who has a WWJJD magnet on the fridge: What Would Jane Jacobs Do? So of course, when I learned of Susan Hughes’ new illustrated children’s book about Jacobs, Walking in the City (Illus. Valérie Boivin, 2018), I sought out a copy. The bulk of

Reading City Streets2018-10-04T13:45:42-05:00