Month: May 2013

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As it is in its Reviews, Red Doc> by Anne Carson, Part 1: Jason Guriel

by E. Martin Nolan

Jason Guriel seems to be performing an elaborate cop-out in “Autobiography of Reader,” his review of Anne Carson’s Red Doc>. While not entirely negative, the review levels some heavy criticism against Carson and her latest book. Guriel saves his fiercest displeasure, though, for her fans, whom he claims are so drunk on Carson they let her get away with overwriting,

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Author Notes: Rich Ives

by Rich Ives

Recent Puritan contributor Rich Ives discusses his poem “A Large Seed from the Old Forest” from Issue XX: Winter 2013.

As the epigraph to the poem suggests, I was reading poetry translations from the Late T’ang period, and it linked nicely with thoughts and visual memories I was having of a Chinese movie about a wooden husband and several mythical/fairytale elements in the short animation films of the Quay Brothers,

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Come What May: Toronto Literary Event Itinerary—May pt. 1

by Shaun Hogan

Good People of Toronto,

The spring launch season has clacked into fourth gear.  Journals are being launched at ungodly rates, anthologies and novels, poetry collections and non-fiction works—everything’s launching, launching, launching.

In light of this, I would like to suggest that staying inside to watch Louie on Netflix for the sixth consecutive night is 1) starting to require a seriously perverse effort of will,

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Short Story Month – Taking Advice from Usher

by Andrew F. Sullivan

It is Short Story Month and we will all be paying lip service to that fact. There will be screeds bemoaning how collections are ignored by popular readers, celebrations of online publishers revitalizing the form and loud whispers about traditional publishers abandoning collections in favour of novels again and again. Each year it seems to be a perpetual underdog story and the narrative rarely changes.

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Bad Habits: Tendencies in Criticism We Shouldn’t Put Up With

by Phoebe Wang

In the weeks following the publication of my Puritan review of Matthew Tierney’s Probably Inevitable, I was reluctant to cement the dichotomy between the so-called positive and negative review, a much emphasized topic in Canadian literary criticism of late. Every critic is justified in his or her taste,

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The Garrison Monopolizes Toronto’s Spring Launch Season

by Jess Taylor

This year’s spring launch season feels a little more subdued than last year – maybe it’s the terrible, fluky weather, but I think it’s that everything’s at The Garrison. The Dundas West spot houses the monthly Write Club, but this spring it’s hosted launches for Coach House,