Category: Ephemera

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Sports Poems that Don’t Work: Richard Harrison and (Especially) Priscila Uppal Edition

by E. Martin Nolan

In “Writers and Sports,” Mordecai Richler sets the record straight: “North American literary men in general…have always been obsessed by sports.” And as Richler bears out, sports have long furnished the essayist with worthy material (and his inclusion of Joyce Carol Oates in this essay extends this beyond men).

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Toronto Reading Series: Exploring a Rich Ecosystem of Literary Performance

by Jess Taylor

[Editor’s Note: this a post about Toronto reading series, so a reminder: Pivot enters it’s final month with an excellent lineup tonight, so check that out, and on Thursday, Coach House celebrates the launch of a new book by their “patron saint,” bpNichol. True to the author it’s celebrating,

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Rob Ford is the Real Slim Shady

by E. Martin Nolan

Alexandra Kimball has described Rob Ford’s irony well. But we should remember the source of that irony. Ford himself strikes me as sincere. He may lack nuance and dignity, but it’s not on purpose. His political team has turned his deficiencies into “relatability,” but this irony was not generated by Ford himself. Ford is just a crank who loves coaching football,

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CWILA Counts in More Ways than One

by Phoebe Wang

In her recent philosophy of criticism, Sue Sinclair asks, “who does a critic serve?” As CWILA’s inaugural critic-in-residence, Sinclair advocates for criticism that “is an offering, not a decree.” The critic-in-residence post was created in the fall of 2012 and manifests CWILA’s organizational aim, which is not only to track the numbers of women publishing in Canada,

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Short Story Month – Taking Advice from Usher

by Andrew F. Sullivan

It is Short Story Month and we will all be paying lip service to that fact. There will be screeds bemoaning how collections are ignored by popular readers, celebrations of online publishers revitalizing the form and loud whispers about traditional publishers abandoning collections in favour of novels again and again. Each year it seems to be a perpetual underdog story and the narrative rarely changes.

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Wikipedia’s American (Male) Novelists List: If You Don’t Like It, Change It

by E. Martin Nolan

Amanda Filipacchi has discovered that female American novelists are being moved from the “American Novelist” list to a “American Women Novelists” list on Wikipedia while male novelists remain on the “American Novelists” list.

This is sad, but Filipacchi’s New York Times piece on the subject ends on a hopeful note: since word got out,

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How to Surrender to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in 2013

by Andrew F. Sullivan

Back from the AWP, all of this is pretty easy to mock: panels with folk sitting on the floor, waiting with their hands up for someone or anyone to call on them, call out to them, to share some wisdom with the masses.

Each question begins with some variation of “Well, now, in my own unpublished novel…” Each answered by the same long line of advice,