Month: October 2014

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The Town Crier Presents: Naben Ruthnum’s “Doctor Burke and Family”

by Naben Ruthnum

In the spirit of the somewhat macabre history of the 17th century Puritan settlements in North America, The Town Crier presents its first-ever fiction offering in the form of a short story rooted in the Canadian Gothic tradition. Just in time for Hallowe’en, this twilight tale from Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthum promises shivers up your back and whispers in your ear.

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“Get Excited!”: A Conversation with Charles Yao of Little Brother

by Gavin Tomson

For a new and relatively small Toronto-based literary magazine, Little Brother has been extraordinarily successful. The magazine, which recently launched its fifth issue, has published work by the likes of Jeet Heer, Haley Mlotek, Mariko Tamaki, and Andrew Kaufman.

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Adam See’s Political Convictions in the Classroom

by André Forget

Adam See, adjunct instructor at Brooklyn College, wrote an open letter to his students in the October issue of The Walrus in which he explains his philosophy of teaching. Specifically, he speaks about how he cannot pretend—and more importantly, shouldn’t pretend—to be objective about his progressive political convictions. His argument,

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Writing and Place at IFOA Weekly

by Caryn Cathcart

The concept of place is not limited to geography. It also encompasses culture, character, history, politics, perspective, language, and inspiration. In fact, place can exist entirely beyond geography—it’s found in distant mythologies, online communities, and even the ever-fickle human memory. It is no surprise that the theme of writing and place proved incredibly rich for IFOA Weekly’s latest Open Book Literary Salon.

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Author Notes: Kasia Juno

by Tyler Willis

Puritan contributor Kasia Juno, whose poetry appears in our most recent issue, Summer 2014, discusses coldness, comfort, and the practice of “drawing through” one’s writing.

Mid-winter, I was sitting in an unheated flat in Berlin, thinking: This must be the coldest place on earth. But when I Googled “the coldest place on Earth,” it turned out to be in Antarctica,

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Paris Is No Place For the Young

by Jason Freure

Just off the Rue de Belleville, in a bar called Culture Rapide, Paris’ young, anglophone writers try out their work in the city where Mavis Gallant, John Glassco, and Morley Callaghan came to make their careers. The tiny, colourful Culture Rapide looks more like a Kensington bar than anything else in Paris,

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Paul Vermeersch: My Teenage Obsession

by Domenica Martinello

The first living Canadian poet that ever fascinated me wasn’t Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, or even my fellow Montreal-native Leonard Cohen ; it was Paul Vermeersch. The year was 2007 and I was a bright-eyed 16-year-old. It was a time before I knew how to frame poetry as ‘contemporary’ or ‘lyrical’ or as anything other than straight verse.

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“Liars, Whoremongers, Killers, and Worse”: Fiction Along the Korean Penninsula

by Robert Earle

Robert Earle’s short story, “Liars, Whoremongers, Killers, and Worse” appeared in The Puritan’s 26th issue, Summer 2014. The story follows a Korean man, Sung Wei, and charts his journey from a child living in Korea under Japanese rule to prisoner of war to religious leader over the span of several decades.

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“Fetishizing Nostalgia”: On Mennonite Literature and Newcastle Poetry

by Julienne Isaacs

When I graduated with my first, shiny new degree, I thought I knew one thing for sure: almost any piece of literary fiction in the world would interest me more than Mennonite literature. Though culturally “non-practicing,” I am Mennonite by heritage, and to my relatively unworldly, baccalaureate self, international literary fiction seemed to surpass local Menno lit both in style and diversity.

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Jay Winston Ritchie: On Coolness, Art, and Identity

by Gavin Tomson

How do others see me? How do I see myself? How do I reconcile these two perspectives? These are questions that the young and generally self-absorbed characters in Jay Winston Ritchie’s debut collection of stories struggle in various ways to answer. But perhaps the question that presses most profoundly on their minds, whether consciously or not,