Letter from Guatemala, by Guy Tiphane   > read more...


Wednesday 21 November 2012

Salvador Dali's images of The Divine Comedy in Antigua, Guatemala

 

Canto 13: The Wood of the Suicides: 
“Look well, for here one sees things which in words would be incredible.

Speaking of Books, by Ann Charney   > read more...


Tuesday 30 October 2012

Stories will still need to be told, and writers will continue to tell them. It’s not unreasonable to assume that the written word will persist, even if it’s in ways we can scarcely imagine.


Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition

A Wake-up Call on the State of Canada's Publishing Industry, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Thursday 25 October 2012

The D&M story should be a wake-up call to Canadians. Canadian literature has thrived nationally and internationally thanks to measures put in place to support Canadian writing and publishing. The measures currently in place, though, were designed for a bygone era. It’s time to revisit those measures, and fast.

Movement, migration, and an inhospitable corner of Montreal, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Saturday 6 October 2012


These Filipinos and Guatamalans and Nigerians live in poverty and in fear and, unlike the immigrants of earlier days, they have little hope, ever, of becoming Canadian citizens. In comparison, the Alis were fortunate, for they could stay here and build a new life for themselves.

Auction of original illustrations from Canadian pIcture books   > read more...


Wednesday 3 October 2012


Le Funambule  © Marie-Danielle Croteau, Josée Bisaillon et les éditions Les400 coups, 2010

Works by Stéphane Poulin, Marie-Louise Gay, Stéphane Jorisch, Janice Nadeau, Michael Martchenko, Barbara Reid, Philippe Béha, and others on the block at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 

Jean-François Lisée is off to a good start in his Ministerial rôle, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Friday 21 September 2012

There have been too many shows of impatience and anger, with each side blaming the other. With few exceptions, this has all been a question of words -- sharp words, throw-away words, unthinking words -- but they have succeeded in hardening attitudes and deepening divisions. Fine words are not all it takes to improve matters, but they can help a great deal in such a language-obsessed city as Montreal.

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step Three, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...


Saturday 15 September 2012

Here are ten practical steps for newcomers to Canada who want to get rich. They will guide you from your arrival in this country until the end of your well-heeled life.

Step Three

Friends and Companions

No matter how poor you are, you should not hesitate to invite people over for a meal. Coming to a poor man’s table is an act of goodwill. Your new companions will be proud to spend time with people of such humble means. It will make them feel like Jesus.

[See Step One: Arrival  Save Your Pennies here]

 

Bain's was also an attack on Anglos, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Sunday 9 September 2012

Whatever he intended for the Party faithful, Bain's was also an attack on Anglos. His words are an affront to me. In pretending to speak for me, for all of us who come under the broad heading of les Anglais, Bain has damaged us, too. I personally feel attacked, and I have not emerged unscathed. Bain’s words make me seem guilty just because I too am an Anglo.

Letter from San Francisco: The future of reading, by Guy Tiphane   > read more...


Tuesday 4 September 2012

I once had a conversation with Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and, I would say, most concepts in interactive computing. He predicted that one day we would have all our experiences delivered to our senses electronically. It sounded unbelievable back then, but it is much more believable now.

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step Two, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...


Thursday 30 August 2012

Here are ten practical steps for newcomers to Canada who want to get rich. They will guide you from your arrival in this country until the end of your well-heeled life.

Step Two

Schooling

[See Step One: Arrival  Save Your Pennies here]

Gaudy is Good: Bath and Brighton Pier, part III, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 29 August 2012

 

The carousel towards the latter end of the Brighton Pier, just before the roller coaster, is grotesquely beautiful, and enthrals the children and older bystanders for that reason. So vividly painted, the horses eerily distorted as they circle and bob, transfixed on a silvery pole to which half-terrified and half-delighted kids hang on and ride. Like all such carousels, this one unapologetically violates principles of aesthetic restraint, nightmarishly stunning as it spins to blaring music above the water.

Gaudy is Good: Bath and Brighton Pier, part II, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Saturday 25 August 2012


It’s absurd to compare the Pier, not to mention the giant Ferris wheel circling above the beach, to the gleaming perfection of the famous Assembly rooms in Bath, but absurdity is intrinsic to the Pier, so all comparisons are sublimely ludicrous.

Gaudy is Good: Bath and Brighton Pier, part I, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 22 August 2012

Bath is beautiful in the way Brighton is not: sedate façades and iron palings, a vigorous river and splendid rooms, all contribute to a grand effect, the Bath manner, but one longs for the upstart and riotous, for colour.


Author Kenneth Radu on Brighton Pier

 

A Paris Salon   > read more...


Sunday 19 August 2012

The translation of this vivid scene is by Helen Constantine, but who wrote the original? 

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step One, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...


Saturday 18 August 2012

Here are ten practical steps for newcomers to Canada who want to get rich. They will guide you from your arrival in this country until the end of your well-heeled life.

Step One

Arrival  Save your pennies

O Mordecai! thou shouldst be living at this hour, or, The Perils of Pauline, by Linda Leith   > read more...


Saturday 18 August 2012

The good news, such as it is, is that there are so few of us -- Jews, Moslems, Hindus, Anglos, and all the rest of us “others” -- in the Quebec public service that Madame Marois’s proposed Charter of Secularism would make little practical difference. 

The Goodtime Girl, by Tess Fragoulis   > read more...


Tuesday 7 August 2012

The sights and sounds of Smyrna, Piraeus and Athens are brought to life by Fragoulis’s finely crafted prose. The cast of characters – manghas, manghissas, and the girls in Kyria Effie’s brothel, are fully realized. The result is a novel which is as tough and intelligent as Kivelli herself.

Review by Margaret Goldik

Letter from San Francisco: The Espresso Book Machine, by Guy Tiphane   > read more...


Thursday 2 August 2012

Today it is possible to walk in the bookstore and ask for a book to be printed and bound as you wait. The machine is also a powerful tool for authors to create and sell books.

Van Gogh and Maggs: A Visit to the National Gallery   > read more...


Saturday 14 July 2012

Van Gogh's “starry, starry night” is the night of mega-stardom. Our view of his art is inevitably coloured by his celebrity.

Vincent van Gogh Almond Blossom, 1890 
Oil on canvas, 73.5 x 92 cm
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

 

How do you pronounce “boatswain”?   > read more...


Friday 6 July 2012

The Globe and Mail wins the prize for obscurity.

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