Category: Ephemera

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Whose Truth Are We “Post-”?

by Sonnet L’Abbé

What follows is a poem and an essay, appearing as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

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Watch out for fake poetry. It plants ideas in the brain. It’s shape-think. It may fake the character of woo,

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Truth in Slant

by Anna Yin

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

In her poem “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant” Emily Dickinson declared and cautioned, “The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind—.” Today,

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In An Alternative Reality, I’m Not Telling This Story

by Phoebe Wang

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

This is only temporarily, they said. Things will blow over soon. But just in case, we should pack the valuables—leave nothing behind for that upstart government to pick over.

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Memoir in the Age of Post-Truth

by Evelyn Deshane

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

I see it almost every time I open up a transgender memoir: true self, true gender, true authenticity.

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Becoming Politics

by Hana Shafi

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

I go online.

I write, “I’ve experienced ______.” Racism, misogyny, Islamophobia. I write about what’s happened. What I’ve heard.

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The Puritan Co-Founders Announce Resignation

by Spencer Gordon and Tyler Willis

Dear Friends,

After over ten years, 35 issues, and collaboration with nearly 600 editors and writers, we have decided to step away from The Puritan as editorial leads. It’s been a rewarding experience to found and run a magazine, watch it grow and evolve, but The Puritan has achieved a momentum of its own, 

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The Search for Youth in CanLit

by Kailey Havelock

Recently, I was asked to represent Ryerson University on a team at the International Festival of Authors’ inaugural Lit Jam. We competed against creative writing students from University of Toronto, University of Guelph, and Humber College to create stories live on stage, based on prompts from the audience and social media.

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Only Connect

by RM Vaughan

I write criticism for money. Not much money. Don’t get excited now. Meanwhile, my own works are frequently the subject of criticism, including, and usually most vociferously, the criticism I write for money. My criticism gets criticism. Look it up. I wrote a book about this, called Compared to Hitler: Selected Essays.

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The Puritan Is Hiring: Publicity Agents

by Town Crier

NOW HIRING: PUBLICITY AGENTS

Are you invested in the publishing community and looking for a crash course in Toronto’s vibrant literary scene? Are you outgoing and social media savvy, comfortable with creating connections both online and in person? Then joining our team of Publicity Agents might be perfect for you!

The Puritan is currently seeking three new Publicity Agents to assist our team with the promotion,

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The Fantasy of the Cool Girl

by Dana Ewachow

The Cool Girl exists in beer commercials and raunchy comedies. She lives in chick flicks that want to fling internalized misogyny at their female target demographic. She’s just “one of the guys.” Last year, I wrote a piece about Manic Pixie Dream Girls: the fantasy of a beautiful, quirky young woman who helps push a man out of his comfort zone.