Category: Books

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Musings on CanLit Cooking

by Alexia Moyer

The Canadian Literary Fare site brings together a group of scholars across Canada at work on those intersections between food and literature.  A part of this site—The Tableaux Blog—is given over to a unique kind of cooking experiment. Canadian Literature is rife with recipes and detailed descriptions of food preparation and,

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“How Good to Eat”: The Epilogue as Course

by Geneviève Robichaud

“The true length of a person’s life, whatever the Dictionary of National Biography may say, is always a matter of dispute. For it is a difficult business—this time-keeping; nothing more quickly disorders it than contact with the arts; and it may have been her love of poetry that was to blame for making Orlando lose her shopping list and start home without sardines,

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Cooking with the Witch

by Mira C Lambert

I was at my great aunt’s, whose home I frequented as a child, if not just to listen to her stories, because she spoiled me with a diet of peppermint chocolate and black currant juice. As usual, a big pot of something boiled and bubbled in her cast iron pot. I could smell thyme, garlic and could also make out stalks of celery poking out from under the lid.

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Notes on the Narco-Imaginary

by Ramsey Scott

The narco-imaginary, circa June 14th, 1966: Allen Ginsberg addresses the Judiciary Committee of the US Senate regarding his experiences with psychotropic drugs. He explains his participation in Stanford University studies of LSD, and then he chronicles his own personal experiments with LSD, mescaline, and ayahuasca. And with peyote—under the influence of which, Ginsberg notes,

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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.

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Decoding Classics in Contemporary Comics

by Shannon Page

Frequently, and often problematically, the classics of ancient Greece and Rome are used as a kind of shorthand for sophistication. Even the name implies a timeless purity of taste, distinguishing them from media intended for mass consumption. Meanwhile, new branches of classical scholarship are becoming increasingly concerned with the many ways that the literature and history of the ancient Mediterranean world have come to impact contemporary culture.

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Surplus Humanity

by Jason Freure

As part of guest editor Laura Kenins’ month on comics, here Jason delves into Sylvie Rancourt’s graphic novel, Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer (Drawn & Quarterly, 2015). 

Abitibi is one of those parts of the world that people are always leaving. It’s the kind of place people come from whose fathers were miners and whose grandmothers were farmers.