Month: May 2014

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Two Cents More on Trigger Warnings

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

For an old thrill, I pulled Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange out of my closet and sat watching it for the first time in years with a big glass of wine. While the film is, cinematographically speaking, a delight to behold—vividly dystopian, exhilaratingly turbulent, chromatically noir—I will always prefer Anthony Burgess’s more modest novella,

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Gilded Pages & Golden Thread:

by Tracy Kyncl

No matter how broad or “worldly” your taste may be, almost every reader has a preferred literary era that he/she habitually returns to. Modernist art, literature, film, and the Avant-garde have positively captivated my attention for quite some time and have also provided a number of aesthetic quandaries to muse over for years, it seems.

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Author Notes: Andrew Forbes

by Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes talks about small town locales and Ontario’s Highway 7 as influences on his story “Jamboree,” from The Puritan’s Issue 25.

Highway 7 is a thin ribbon of asphalt extending from Ottawa to London, more or less, though it used to go all the way to Sarnia,

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“A Book to Defy Authority”

by Oona Patrick

Scholar and poet Ana Luísa Amaral on the effort to return the Three Marias’ daring mixed-genre work to its rightful place in the Portuguese canon.

New Portuguese Letters was written by three Portuguese women in 1971, including Maria Teresa Horta, whose poems appear in the supplement to issue 25 of The Puritan.

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HIJ Reading Series: “An Interesting Place in the Middle”

by Jess Taylor

HIJ is a brand-new house reading series in the Junction, headed up by Jay and Hazel Millar. Predominantly known for their publishing house, BookThug, the Millars have always been involved in creating new facets of literary community with their new reading series, a discussion-based speak-easy, The Toronto New School,

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Hugh Garner’s Waste No Tears

by Jason Freure

Toronto in the year 1950: abortion is illegal, women routinely die at the hands of alcoholic surgeons and the mob blackmails the survivors. It may not sound like “Toronto the Good,” but there’s still no shopping on Sundays and people need a liquor license just to buy a drink.

Véhicule Press’s Ricochet imprint has been releasing out-of-print Canadian crime novels since 2010.

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Pages on Fire

by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen

How can one advocate for more diverse representation in Canadian literature? For a group of young Ontario poets, it’s as simple as getting together twice a month and sharing their writing. “I find the group restorative,” says Tina Chu, a member of Brampton-based youth poetry collective Pages on Fire. “Racism now is much more subtle.

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Zygmunt Bauman Answers a Generation of Uncertainty

by E Martin Nolan

Tracy Kyncl’s post last week in the Crier struck a nerve. Between September and April—when my multiple teaching contracts expired—I wandered Toronto in a “very tired” state due mostly to my obligation to be “very serious about [my] work.” Work was killing me, and what life was left in me was largely swallowed up by the obligations I had made to the literary world—obligations I made so that I could force myself to keep contributing even though I had little time or energy to do so.

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This Program Contains Graphic Content

by Kris Bone

Descant, suffice it to say, has been around for a while. The magazine has been published now for five decades, and doesn’t show any signs of letting up. As they write on their website, they have proudly published work of an exceptional caliber for longer than many of my peers have been alive,

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Hamilton Transition Seen at gritLIT

by Ryan Pratt

Much has been made of Hamilton’s recent resurgence: the real estate market is booming, businesses are eyeing the once dilapidated downtown core, and the general outlook among Hamiltonians is one of contagious optimism. Even more sure-footed on this Sunday in April is Hamilton’s cultural renaissance, which for the past four days has been cresting on account of gritLIT,