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Winter + Spring 2017 Reads

I’ve had some pretty memorable reading experiences in the last four months. Here’s a roundup of a few of them. Swing Time by Zadie Smith I’ve only just started Smith’s newest novel and I’m already liking it a lot. Lately, her short stories and essays have been appearing more widely than ever. So while, perhaps, I’m just more […] Read more

The Beauty of Flawed Storytelling

A lot of my favourite books and films feature “flawed” storytelling—whether it’s suddenly ending a story without resolving the central conflict (Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love) or abandoning a protagonist through sudden, off-screen/off-page violence mid-way through (Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory or the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men). These techniques, if they can be called that, are […] Read more

My Winter 2016 Reads

This past winter—it feels good to say it’s in the past—I dedicated a lot of time to reading magazines and newspapers, but I still kept reading books when possible. Here are a few of the ones I enjoyed over the last few months. Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt I really enjoyed deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers, a book that took a […] Read more

My Summer 2015 Reads

It’s been an incredibly busy summer so far. I’ve been working with some great new clients and will be sharing more of my creative work in the future. As always, I still carve out time to read as much as I can and try to stay on top of what’s new in the publishing world. Here […] Read more

My Winter Reads

I’ve been so busy with work this winter that my reading is falling behind. I know this because my teetering stack of unread books is starting to become structurally unsound. It’s worth noting that the books I’m carrying around with me lately are sometimes literary magazines. After years of buying lit mags (or “supporting” them, […] Read more

My Summer 2014 Reading and Viewing Picks

I’ve been reading a lot of books and seeing some great films lately. Not every one of them is worth recommending, but here are a few of the favourites I’ve come across so far this summer. Stoner by John Williams (1965) has exploded in popularity over the past year, having been branded as a forgotten gem of American […] Read more

Collecting Sentences and Releasing Them Into the Wild

Tumblr just told me I’ve been with them for three years, which is odd because I always forget I have a tumblr. Almost always. I (infrequently) post my favourite sentences written by authors I love on Sometimes when I’m reading a book, a single line will leap out at me because of some unique feature. Maybe it’s alarmingly long […] Read more

Imperfection is Perfect in Fiction

After struggling through the massive, overwritten text that is Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, I coincidentally picked up Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory. I only discovered the coincidence when I was deep into the book: a painting is stolen and becomes the subject of a criminal investigation. The similarities end there. I was lured into The Goldfinch by […] Read more

Even Literate Folk Can Miss the Point of Reading

The Paris Review posts a morning roundup of links each weekday for literary types still grumbling over their coffee/tea/problems while everyone else is sitting in offices. Today they included a link to a short essay at Written by Natasha Vargas-Cooper, the basic thesis comes through in this mini-excerpt: “Reading Hemingway and Fitzgerald now, on […] Read more

David Gilmour’s Preference for Men

Hazlitt published another instalment of their Shelf Esteem column this morning (written by Emily M. Keeler). I think these are great and look forward to reading them often. Today’s subject, however, really put his foot in it. David Gilmour is currently (as of the time of this post) being shamed on Twitter and elsewhere for […] Read more

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