Category: Editor Notes

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On the Creative Craft as the Craft of Correcting

by Natalie Wee

It was February 1st. Following a poetry reading with many other creators and activists on January 20th, poet Moez Surani sent a package addressed to Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations. Enclosed in this package was his third book, ةيلمع Operación Opération Operation Oперация,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 4

by Cian Cruise

(Previously, Part 1: Intro, Part 2: Rambo, Part 3: Anne)

I never expected a manhunt to interrogate the fundamental assumptions of Western ontology. Nor did I expect a Victorian Bildungsroman to present a unified field theory of inchoate gender equality. But they both did,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 3

by Cian Cruise

(Previously, Part 1: Intro and Part 2: Rambo)

It took an awful lot longer to read Anne of Green Gables than I had originally anticipated, what with all the crying. Nobody told me Matthew died. I couldn’t take it. I tried pleading with the pages, my voice cracking,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 2

by Cian Cruise

Now that we’ve set the ground rules for this month of essays that unearth the hidden beauty of popular literature and sketched out a few of the basic premises, I want to dig deep into these frothy wonders. It’s all fine and good to claim that non-literary works are bursting with latent literary value,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 1

by Cian Cruise

When you crack open the 1972 edition of David Morrell’s First Blood, this hand-cut inscription awaits: We envy you the experience of reading this book for the first time. – The Editors.

I can think of no better frontispiece for the collection of essays, articles, and nonfiction features storming The Puritan’s Town Crier this November.

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The Multilingual In-Between

by Klara du Plessis

This poem
in another language
would be a different poem

I read these lines by Ana Martins Marques translated (by Alison Entrekin) into English from the original Portuguese, suggesting that it is already another poem. Peeling away the self-conscious context of translation,

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Different Ways of Seeing

by E Martin Nolan

North America’s stirred up. It’s awoken from a sleep induced first by comfort and extended by fear and uncertainty. The ’90s lulled us such that popular political literature declared history could have possibly ended. Meanwhile, the turmoil that would come to define the new millennium festered. Bubbles juiced the North American economy,

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The Puritan Marks Its Progress

by Spencer Gordon & Tyler Willis

As another year draws to a close and 2014 begins, we cannot help but reflect on how far the magazine has come since its inception, and in so doing, think ahead to where we hope to be at year’s end.

These past 12 months have seen numerous milestones for the journal. And the more things have changed,

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HEAR! HEAR!

by The Town Crier

It’s been a huge year for the Town Crier. Our Hollywood makeover began last year, at yet another Toronto literary event, when Tavish McGregor approached us and proposed a redesign. We agreed and the ball was rolling. We spent the year’s early months wavering between our mastodonic ambition and what reality would allow.

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Why Are We Surprised by David Gilmour?

by André Babyn

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

― James Baldwin

The first and last time I purchased a novel by David Gilmour I was 18,