Book Club: Too Much Happiness

I haven’t done well with updating the blog about the book club a friend and I started since the first meeting. A brief survey of what we’ve read since: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (we loved it), Robertson Davies’ The Rebel Angels (excellent), Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Summer Tree (well liked, but I felt it over-rated), Kurt […]

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Bookish linkage and the Toronto Literary Salon

Ok, I’ve been linking to a lot of book-related stuff on Twitter, and rather than send a dozen tweets of linkage, why not consolidate the best into a single blog post? Why not, indeed. Here we go: ‘I just adore Dostoevsky…’ Books to impress the babes, – Seriously, people still say “babes”? And they don’t get

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James Joyce on Treasure

He drew forth a phrase from his treasure and spoke it softly to himself: –A day of dappled seaborne clouds. The phrase and the day and the scene harmonised in a chord. Words. Was it their colours? He allowed them to glow and fade, hue after hue: sunrise gold, the russet and green of apple orchards, azure

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Modest Mouse and modern lit

I had never heard of Modest Mouse, but was gifted “No One’s First, and You’re Next” on December 25th by an aunt ((She’s actually a step-aunt, as she’s my Grandfather’s wife’s daughter, though she’s only a few months older than me. As such, it seems hilarious to call her “aunt”. “Step-aunt” sounds unnecessarily remote.)) who’d perused my

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Charlotte Bronte dissed

Perhaps it’s because I’ve just finished reading Jane Eyre, but I took exception to the description given in the Spring 2010 Lapham’s Quarterly. Allow me to explain, in this issue there’s a chart titled “Day Jobs” which sketches the careers of half a dozen well known writers, including Ms Bronte. Included are listings of the writer’s name,

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5 Book Blogs You Should Be Reading

There are hundreds of literary blogs out there and I subscribe to several dozen of them, but recently I’ve pared down my RSS subscriptions again, and thought I’d share five of my favourites. So I present to you, in no particular order: 1. Bookninja George Murray posts several times a day, commenting on the latest in book news, reviews and miscellanea with

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