Linnet, as in Linnet Muir, by Linda Leith

2014-03-06 14:40:12

To begin at the end, here is a coda to the talk I gave today at the Atwater Library in Montreal on Mavis Gallant.

Mavis Gallant at The Standard, Montreal

Living with the Ghost of Duncan Campbell Scott

2014-01-29 17:29:14

Mark Abley's Conversations with a Dead Man is an unorthodox mash-up of sources, but it is this generic variety which allows the text to both entertain and succeed.

The Immortal Dany Laferrière

2013-12-13 17:22:40

Salon .ll. congratulates Dany Laferrière, the first Canadian to join the Immortals 

[Photo: Linda Leith]

Daewoo, by François Bon - Part Two

2013-11-25 10:49:53

Part Two: Fameck, May 2003: Waiting for the mailman, and Sylvia

Daewoo, an evocative historical novel by François Bon, gives voice to the (mostly women) workers who were the ultimate victims of this corporate crime. 

 

Daewoo, by François Bon - Part One

2013-11-15 17:34:00

Based on documentary research and personal interviews with some of the workers, François Bon has created a work that captures the very human and often tragic side of this drama. As he himself describes it, "If these female workers no longer have a place anywhere, let this novel be their memoir."


Mont-Royal métro

2013-09-20 21:00:46

Just read this post from writer Will Aitken on Facebook, along with comments from other friends. Incidents of this kind are happening every day here in Montreal, prompted by the Quebec government's recently revealed "Charter of Values."
 

 

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

2013-07-14 17:19:11

This is what makes a culture, this kind of occasion, this play, this green sward, this shared delight, the company of all these friends and strangers. This is Shakespeare in the Park, thanks to Repercussion Theatre.

Julie Tamiko Manning as Titania and Alain Goulem as Bottom [Photo: Repercussion Theatre]


Recovering Thrills: The Globe and the Tate Modern, by Kenneth Radu

2013-06-23 15:02:43

The Tate resurrected my joy. Perhaps a replica or reconstruction may have the tendency to kill the imagination or spirit. Perhaps there is a dark aspect to glorifications and resurrections from cultural graves.

Courtyard of the Tate Modern, London


2013 Commonwealth Literary Prize shortlists

2013-04-09 10:08:00

The Commonwealth Foundation has announced shortlists for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Part of Commonwealth Writers, the prizes unearth, develop and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

 
How to Eat Like an Italian, by Davide D'Alessandro

2013-03-25 12:24:45


Photo courtesy Davide D'Alessandro

We all must eat to survive, but visitors to Italy are invited to join in a little activity, done three times daily, that is another pillar of the dolce vita, namely eating to have pleasure. And lots of it.

Another excerpt from Davide D'Alessandro's unpublished book The Dolce Vita Code.

La Gelateria, by Davide D'Alessandro

2013-03-16 12:44:52

gelato, that most simple, small, and affordable item of gastronomic art, is a fundamental part of the dolce vita. Few things, big or little, so easily inject us with happiness and evoke a smile of satisfaction. Have it often, certainly daily, while in Italy. 

More from Davide D'Alessandro's The Dolce Vita Code.


Luca D'Alessandro [Photo courtesy Davide D'Alessandro]

The Science of the Dolce Vita, by Davide D'Alessandro

2013-03-06 04:43:02


Via Veneto, Rome [Photo: Linda Leith]

Why do so many visitors to the mecca of pleasure fail to experience the wonders of the dolce vita? The answer, I submit, lies in psychological research.

The Foreword to Davide D'Alessandro's The Dolce Vita Code.

Walking Through the Trees, part III, by Kenneth Radu

2013-03-02 11:12:18

It’s worth remembering that the word paradise traces its origins to the word pairidaeza, which in the ancient Iranian language Avestan, means a wall constructed to enclose cultivated grounds or a small grove of fruit trees. There is the wall again. As for Eden, that fabulous paradise lost, one need say no more.


Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Walking Through the Trees, part II, by Kenneth Radu

2013-02-28 17:06:50

Aside from necessary funds, restoring a landscape or great garden requires patience, understanding, knowledge, and a good helping of genius. Gardens, unlike pyramids or palaces, can disappear through neglect, financial collapse, or death of original maker. They are often staked to the fortunes of the families.


Eden Project, Cornwall

A practical guide for new Canadians - Step Six, by Felicia Mihali

2013-02-21 15:01:38

Step Six: Buying a Car and a Home

If you insist on buying a house, then at least be smart enough to wait until at least 7-10 years after your arrival. Do the math. You need to spend the first three years on your education, one year getting out of debt, and three years earning enough to put aside a big down payment.

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