Quarterly Stories: Spring 2014


In collection reading, since Quarterly Stories: Winter 2013 I've read Susie Moloney's Things Withered, the latest installment of the Alice Munro reading project, B.J. Novak's One More Thing, and the most recent volume of Journey Prize stories.  But mostly I've been dipping into single stories in recent months. Partly this was inspired by random samplings of the latest ReLit

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20142020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00

Re-reading Oryx and Crake, Notes on a Saturday


What a delicious juxtaposition: the lushness of the farmers' market this morning - and all the bounty and treat-ness that entails - with a re-read of Oryx and Crake planned for the remainder of the day. Like many other readers, I've been tremendously excited by the prospect of the trilogy's

Re-reading Oryx and Crake, Notes on a Saturday2019-08-28T12:54:26-05:00

Nicolas Debon’s Four Pictures by Emily Carr (2003)


There are a number of ways in which one can get to know Emily Carr. Groundwood Books - House of Anansi, 2003 First, for the bookish, via her own writing. Klee Wick (1941), The Book of Small (1942), The House of All Sorts (1944), and, published posthumously, Growing Pains

Nicolas Debon’s Four Pictures by Emily Carr (2003)2014-07-11T16:19:48-05:00

Kim Echlin’s Inanna (2003)


"I like telling stories of women who act on their passions." "I like these strong female characters." "When I talk with readers I feel an enormous appetite in women to explore both their strength and their emotional connectedness, which still tend not to be honoured in the dominant culture."* Any

Kim Echlin’s Inanna (2003)2014-03-20T15:24:28-05:00

A Literary Three-Way: About the Girls (II)


I was inspired to re-read Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad after I read The Odyssey (with and without pictures). "The story as told in The Odyssey doesn't hold water: there are too many inconsistencies." Atwood describes the impetus for retelling this classic tale as follows: "I've always been haunted by the hanged maids;

A Literary Three-Way: About the Girls (II)2014-03-17T15:20:19-05:00
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