Category: Ephemera

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This Program Contains Graphic Content

by Kris Bone

Descant, suffice it to say, has been around for a while. The magazine has been published now for five decades, and doesn’t show any signs of letting up. As they write on their website, they have proudly published work of an exceptional caliber for longer than many of my peers have been alive,

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Hamilton Transition Seen at gritLIT

by Ryan Pratt

Much has been made of Hamilton’s recent resurgence: the real estate market is booming, businesses are eyeing the once dilapidated downtown core, and the general outlook among Hamiltonians is one of contagious optimism. Even more sure-footed on this Sunday in April is Hamilton’s cultural renaissance, which for the past four days has been cresting on account of gritLIT,

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Why I Like Miley Cyrus

by Tracy Kyncl

A few nights ago, I had a dream about Miley Cyrus. The details are scanty and I don’t really remember anything. Nevertheless, feeling a mysterious pull toward the scandalous starlet, I listened to her album on my way to work. Once there, I spotted a special Miley Cyrus issue of a magazine and,

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Kisses of Acadian and Gobs of Québécois

by Jason Freure

When Megan Draper sang “Zou Bisou Bisou” on Mad Men, American television took some bite out of the Parti québécois’s political rhetoric. Denise Duhamel’s poem opens with Jessica Paré’s iconic moment. “Zou Bisou Bisou” appears in Issue 24 of The Puritan and name drops a number of Anglo Canadian actors in Hollywood whose Canadian nationality may come as a surprise.

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Getting Back to the Poems—and to Humour

by E Martin Nolan

Daniel Scott Tysdal launched his poetry handbook, The Writing Moment a couple of days after Jason Guriel, Anita Lahey, and Zachariah Wells discussed matters of criticism at Ben McNally Books. The fact of the latter panel—its mere existence—is great.  We clearly need such a discussion, and The Puritan and Town Crier have enthusiastically taken part in that discussion over the past little while.

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Lost at Sea

by André Babyn

“Every man driven by a fixed idea is insane.”
—Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

John Campbell used to draw pictures for sad children, a surreal webcomic featuring sparse locales, stick-figures, silence, existential dread, and, true to its title, plenty of sadness. Despite its often dark subject matter,

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Street Culture

by Jason Freure

When urbanists and culture critics write about culture in the city, they often use cultural institutions as props for artistic life. David Mirvish’s “John Street Cultural Corridor” refers to the Mirvish Theatres, Scotiabank Cinema, the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts, and the AGO north of Grange Park. These places tell you that the city values the arts and has a rich “cultural” life.

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“It’s A Mystery”

by Jason Freure

L.E. Sterling‘s Pluto’s Gate could have been awesome. The premise is a retelling of Persephone’s abduction. In 21st century Montreal, Persephone is Percy Tate, the daughter of a wiccan mother who lives out in the country and Rex, an indie rock star who lives in the Plateau. She falls into Hades through the cleaning closet of a St-Laurent club after her ex-boyfriend’s groupies give her something that’s probably rohypnol.

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Tea Party

by Tracy Kyncl

Reading can be a lonely passion. Rarely are you enjoying the same books as your friends at the same time. Needless to say that telling people about your favourite novels that they’ve never read can be painful and dull. Book clubs fortunately resolve the social conundrum of reading. They are a good way to share your beloved writers and expose yourself to titles you’ve never encountered with the added bonus of having people to discuss your literary adventures with.