Category: Reviews

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The Vivid Inner Life of Julieta

by Paula Razuri

I turned to Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver as a way to return to reality after finishing a large project on themes of motherhood and authorship in Alice Munro and Elena Ferrante. Tired from having given up so much energy on the project, I expected to be comforted by Spanish-speaking voices,

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Making Space: A Review of Erin Wunker’s Notes from a Feminist Killjoy

by Kathryn Stagg

I started reading Notes from a Feminist Killjoy the day after the UBC Accountable letter was published. Only a few days had passed since the US elections and I, like many, was feeling distressed. With the publication of the letter, I felt both fragile and hardened at once; about to break and moulded into something hard and unforgiving.

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Under the Ash Cloud: A Review of Amina Gautier’s The Loss of All Lost Things

by Kasia Juno

The reclining grey figure on the cover of Amina Gautier’s award-winning collection of short stories The Loss of All Lost Things is immediately recognizable. I have met him before, in a dimly lit rectangular room in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. He belongs to a buried city, to a city that lost everything.

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Writing in Public

by Jason Freure

“Personally, I think it’s pretentious to write in public.” Warren Dunford wrote this line in his 1998 novel, Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture, about the kids scribbling away at their screenplays in the Annex’s Future Bakery. Dunford was either blessed not to have roommates or he had a very strict idea of what people did in public.

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Review: Pearl Pirie’s An Ongoing Lack of Spontaneous Combustion

by Aaron Boothby

Pearl Pirie is concerned with vectors, disruption, iridescence, and combustion, and using them to unsettle seemingly settled things. Ignore for a moment that the title suggests a disappointment in not spontaneously combusting. Motion is a position, as in the poem “We Casually Toss Around our Rucksacks” where “all we have is looser than clouds.

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The Steel Chisel: Carving Out a Name

by Chris Johnson

The Steel Chisel was an online literary magazine and chapbook publisher that released its first digital issue in March 2013, and published new poetry and fiction monthly until this past April, 2016. The magazine, published and edited by David Emery, featured contemporary writers at various stages of their careers and finely walked the high-wire of promoting the publisher’s friends in the Ottawa writing community while also publishing new and unique voices in Canadian poetry.

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Lolita in Neon Demon

by Dana Ewachow

The movie Neon Demon is being slammed for being provocative, exploitative, and even repulsive. It was booed at the Cannes film festival and has had its fair share of bad reviews. The film is about Jesse (played by Elle Fanning), a 16-year-old girl who moves to LA in hopes of becoming a model.

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A Spell to Survive Girlhood

by Paula Razuri

The Magic of Friendship is no cliché in Joni Murphy’s Double Teenage

Cold beet soup, sometimes with a halved hardboiled egg on top, is one of the strongest connections I currently share with my best friend. I come from a culture in which cold food poses the unrealistic risk of giving us bronchitis,

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MicroLit Review: Fenylalanine Publishing

by Jeremy Luke Hill

Fenylalanine Publishing is a digital micro-press that explores the aesthetics of the physical book in the context of digital media. It produces no physical objects itself, but digitally publishes chapbook-length texts that preserve the sensuality of books, encouraging readers to take the files and create the books in their own ways, participating in the production of the books as physical and aesthetic objects.

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Imagining Working: A Review of Zane Koss’s Warehouse Zone

by John Nyman

Open to a random page of Zane Koss’s Warehouse Zone—a small (4” x 5”), short (approx. 44 pgs.), unassuming edition, published with a plain boxboard brown cover by Publication Studio in Guelph, Ontario—and you’ll find something like this:

zero eight pick one each *beep* pick
one each
one ready one one three
pick three each *beep* pick three
each
three ready three bravo zero one
pick one each
one ready one zero
seven pick one each *beep* pick one
each
one ready one charlie zero three
pick three each *beep* pick three
each
three ready …