Category: Ephemera

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Author Note: Meg Johnson

by Meg Johnson

Recent Puritan contributor Meg Johnson discusses the composition of her poem, “American Woman,” in Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

I wrote “American Woman” when I was visiting my parents in Ames, Iowa, which is where I grew up.

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Why “Why are we surprised by David Gilmour”?

by Andy Verboom

It seems two questions occupy the same space: “Why are ‘we,’ who knew (of) Gilmour, surprised that he is consistently misogynist?” and “Why are ‘we,’ who knew nothing of Gilmour, surprised that there is such a person participating in Canadian literature and in the Canadian literary education system?” In both cases, I wager, we aren’t.

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Television-Themed Halloween Costumes for Literary Figures, Living and Dead

by André Babyn

Douglas Coupland

Costume: Brent Butt’s bank account

Douglas Coupland once chewed paper currency into mush in order to construct synthetic replicas of insect nests. He’s also responsible for a giant canoe installed near the Gardiner Expressway and a book on Terry Fox. Coupland’s art project might have lowered inflation an infinitesmal amount by decreasing the real supply of money (if he hadn’t chewed American currency)—but he would have more than made up for this by decreasing our nation’s capital through reckless overspending on Canadian schmaltz. 

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Local Publishers Launch Their Fall Lineups

by Tracy Kyncl

After a great time at the BookThug launch, I headed over to The Garrison for the Coach House launch on Thursday, October 3rd. Despite the fact that I arrived half an hour early to an empty room, I knew that the Coach House launch would be quite the affair, considering that Wayzgoose was one of the wildest parties I had been to in a long time.

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ReTrOspective: Looking Back at uTOpia in the Rob Ford Era

by Jason Freure

uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto was published in 2005, two years after David Miller’s election as mayor of Toronto, and he even wrote the forward. In this brief post, it’s not entirely possible to do justice to the dozens of ideas, visions, and histories in uTOpia, but the book is optimistic and imaginative about the city’s future.

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“My Literary Heart Is Still in Toronto:” Stuart Ross on His Patchy Squirrel Lit-Serv

by Jess Taylor

When I started this series of articles on the Toronto literary community, I was surprised by the diversity of the conversations, but one thing remained consistent, no matter which host was speaking: all series hosts relied on Stuart Ross’s Patchy Squirrel Lit-Serv to help promote their series.

“Everybody who is on Patchy is someone who specifically asked to be on the list,” Ross told me via Skype,

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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,

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Serious Heterosexual Guys for Literary Scholarship: Responding to David Gilmour

by Miriam Novick & Andrea Day

In response to David Gilmour’s now infamous Hazlitt interview, Miriam Novick and Andrea Day 0rganized “Serious Heterosexual Guys for Literary Scholarship”We have reprinted their opening speech from the event, along with an introduction from the authors. The Town Crier will continue discussing this and related issues in the weeks to come,

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Fear, Success, Momentum: A Conversation with Robin Richardson

by Madeline Lemire

Robin Richardson released her book of poetry Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis this September. Richardson has been shortlisted for CBC’s Canada Writes prize in poetry, and is awaiting further news. Puritan intern Madeline Lemire asked Richardson about this exciting time in her life, and how her work will evolve from here. 

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Author Notes: Mark Jordan Manner

by Mark Jordan Manner

Recent Puritan contributor Mark Jordan Manner answers some questions about his reading habits, what he’s been listening to, and his story, “When Life Gives You Doris,” in Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

Town Crier: Does your story have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share?