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Writing Through Yoga

Writing and yoga are forms of expression; ideas and emotions are released from the mind in the act of writing, and stress and toxins are released from the body in … Continue reading

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Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien

This is just a sort of a review/recommendation. I want to write a proper review of Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter, but for now I will recycle something I … Continue reading

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The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street

Catherine recently e-mailed me and asked what it was I loved about Mavis Gallant’s “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street.” I was about to write back and then decided … Continue reading

October 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Magnified World by Grace O’Connell

I’d like to express what a wonderful impression the new novel Magnified World by Grace O’Connell has made on me. I’ve admired Grace O’Connell’s writing since we attended Queen’s University … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Bookstores of France

I feel like I am going through something like a long phase of mourning for bookstores. Maybe it’s because I live in the country now, but I find myself connecting … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

22 Rules of Writing, Compiled by Pixar Storyboard Artist Emma Coats

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Making Good Cuts

Several weeks ago, at a PEN talk with Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America and other strokes of genius, he said of the left that it “had become too … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Petulance and Pacing

One of my reading projects this past semester has been to get my hands on as much Amélie Nothomb as possible. One, because the French is accessible and so totally … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Don’t Look Down: On Affect Theory

One of the most compelling reasons for me to want to participate in this blog was the potential to exchange ideas with these fine minds now that we no longer … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · 3 Comments

Political Particularity: The end of the Cliché

So, I’m really on about aesthetics and politics these days. To distract myself from my novel and engage in a version of what Tony Kushner called “a really good way … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · 1 Comment