Monthly Archives: May 2017

Ali Smith’s Autumn: A Collage to Get Stuck On

From The Record May 26th Scottish author Ali Smith’s new book Autumn is the first in a proposed four-part series entitled Seasonals. Although set largely in the post-Brexit era, it is also focused to a great extent on the period … Continue reading

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Be Kind

From The Record, May 19th “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”  Dalai Lama One of the greatest … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde’s “Remarkable Rocket,” or, Confessions of a Narcissist Watcher

From The Record, May 12th I know I should be a better person, but I must confess to a fleeting moment of satisfaction when Kevin O’Leary’s bid for the Conservative leadership crashed and burned just over a week ago. Especially … Continue reading

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Bad Country— A Dark, Dark Puzzler!

From The Record, May 5th… Bad Country by C. B. McKenzie was the 2013 winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize. Hillerman, who died in 2008, was himself a prize-winning author, having captured the Edgar, the Anthony, the Spur, and the … Continue reading

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Madeline Ashby’s Company Town—Hard not to Dislike!

From The Record, April 28th “I didn’t like this book.” These were among the first words spoken by my friend and fellow “Canada Reads, and so does Lennoxville!” panelist Anne Ross back in March, in reference to Madeline Ashby’s Company … Continue reading

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Learning to Love to Read

From The Record, April 21st, 2017 I have always loved reading, and it came relatively early and easily for me. That is a privilege and a gift I am very grateful for. It likely stems from parents who read to … Continue reading

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Banville’s Blue Guitar and the Aesthetics of Self-deception

From The Record, April 14th, 2017 The Blue Guitar, by Dubliner John Banville, is typically engrossing and thought-provoking. Banville won the Booker prize in 2005 for The Sea, not surprising since his works have always been characterized by a wonderfully … Continue reading

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