Month: June 2014

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“Collaboration Is a Great Motivator”:

by Kris Bone

David James Brock is a playwright, poet, and librettist whose plays and operas have been performed in cities across Canada and the UK. He is the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Canadian National Playwriting Award. Brock penned the libretto for The Sloans Project (composer: Gareth Williams), which was most recently performed at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (previous: Glasgow’s 2011 Merchant City Festival,

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Marc di Saverio’s Sanatorium Songs

by Andrew Brobyn

Sanatorium Songs (Palimpsest Press), a debut from Hamilton’s own Marc di Saverio, conveys with its title the beautifully ironic yet aesthetically pleasing nature of a deeply disturbing brilliance. Even the cover image, a silver spoon holding barbed wire in milk like it’s cereal, does more than knock the sense out of you with a simple symbol—it also knocks the sense back into you with its crystalline honesty.

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An Interview with Donna Thomson

by Kris Bone

When it comes to Canadians with severe disabilities and the people who care for them, a suspicious opacity surrounds them in the public consciousness. Fundamental misconceptions about the nature and benefits of the relationships between people with disabilities and their friends, families, and caregivers—as well as underestimations of the immense cost and work that go into providing adequate care—act as impediments to positive change.

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Elections Canada: Politics on Our Bookshelves

by Tracy Kyncl

Toronto felt more political than ever this election season. After a tumultuous year for the city, its mayor, and its voting public, we’re all feeling conscious of the changing political landscape—whether that breeds excitement, anxiety, or outright dread. To better navigate our rocky political landscape, it’s now necessary to stay informed beyond the typical breaking news stories and catchy headlines,

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Trans Activism in Canada:

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

It has taken over 40 years for a multi-author anthology about trans activism in Canada to find its way to the press, and at last the wait is over. The new Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader was launched on May 30th at the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives on Isabella Street,

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Author Notes: Patrick Roesle

by Patrick Roesle

Patrick Roesle, recent Puritan author, discusses video game culture and the inspiration for his short story, “The Fighting Game,” featured in Issue 24: Winter 2014.

“The Day Reality Became Less Interesting”:
The Fighting Game and Cultural Consumption

Phillip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s prototypical hard-boiled detective,

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Toronto’s Story Planet:

by Kris Bone

Lately, it seems like kids aren’t picking up books. They may be reading on Kindles or computers, but actual books are on the decline—and recent studies suggest that this could be a bad sign for their literacy. According to a 2013 article from The Telegraph, the number of young people reading from screens has overtaken the number reading printed material for the first time in history.

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Fiery but from Afar:

by Jess Taylor

Jason Guriel is known for his sharp teeth. According to some, he is a vicious critic, always willing to address the moments of weakness in a book of poetry. To others, he is performing the duty often ignored by other reviewers: actually approaching literature critically. While I was working on my article for The Puritan about literary community (forthcoming in the Littered T.O.

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“We The North”

by Jason Freure

For businesses that rely on civic pride to generate popularity and revenue, Toronto’s self-denigrating attitude is toxic. Earlier this spring, the NBA’s Raptors came out with an ad that let Toronto be proud of itself, and not just the Toronto usually depicted on TV. Poet and sports commentator David McGimpsey wrote that “Canada’s racial imagining of sports has hockey all fathers and sons and car rides,