Month: March 2016

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Stimulants, Influences, Narcotic Effects

by Geneviève Robichaud

Reading a literary text, as Paul de Man has argued, “leaves a residue of indetermination that has to be, but cannot be, resolved by grammatical means.” There is something that sticks to you, like perfume injected under the skin.

Some texts read as though they were themselves already injected with a kind of subcutaneous perfume.

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How to Build a Ship

by Tamar Adler

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people
to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the endless
immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

There are times when I can’t bear to think about cooking.

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Unforeseen Transports & Perfect Pairings

by Genevieve Robichaud

I think it is true that one gains a certain hold on haddock and sausage by writing them down.
—Virginia Woolf, Diary

The idea for this issue started one morning in the midst of a detour to my neighbourhood magazine vendor. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny morning, especially from a Montreal-in-January standpoint—the kind that demands the responsive approach of answering the call of morning like none other.