Monthly Archives: November 2015

Fighting for the rights of all, they orphaned their children: ‘But if they loved us, they would not have done that,’ mourns the child, now a refugee

No one knew if we were heading for the heavens or plunging in to the water’s depths. Heaven and hell embraced in the body of our boat. Heaven promised a turning point in our lives, a new future, a new … Continue reading

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Oh, I say, what a splendid mustache you have; gosh darn, it’s so splendid that I want one, too

Everybody looks better with a mustache. Even monsters. Especially monsters. Mo’s Mustache (by Ben Clanton, 2013, filed in the Lennoxville Library at C-62) arrives in a box in the mail, and he carefully pastes it on. “Awesome.” “It’s superific!” “Dude!” … Continue reading

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It’s the smell that separates night from day: Prufrock measured out his life with coffee spoons

It’s a new substance – entirely new. You take it not to delight the senses but to awaken the intellect. Its advocates drink it at breakfast to regain their senses, and they drink it at night to help them remain … Continue reading

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Giller 2015

André Alexis has won this year’s Giller Prize literary award, for the novel Fifteen Dogs. It is a fable, in which Greek Gods (in a Toronto bar) lay a bet on whether dogs with human smarts and language can be happy. … Continue reading

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Dublin IMPAC 2015

The prestigious Dublin IMPAC literary award longlist for 2016 has been released. There are 160 novels on the list; find it online at  http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/. — November 2015

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This is how the world ends, this is how the world ends: ‘The world began to feel hollow, as if it could collapse at any moment’

This is the second of two columns that touch on apocalypse. If you haven’t read it already, start here, at https://bibliolennlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/a-good-scout-will-not-be-caught-unprepared-and-you-should-be-prepared-as-well-in-case-of-zombie-apocalypse/ But why is the idea of apocalypse so popular? Doomsday is everywhere – it’s big, big, BIG! Zombies are wildly … Continue reading

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