Category: Reviews

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

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Stimulants, Influences, Narcotic Effects

by Geneviève Robichaud

Reading a literary text, as Paul de Man has argued, “leaves a residue of indetermination that has to be, but cannot be, resolved by grammatical means.” There is something that sticks to you, like perfume injected under the skin.

Some texts read as though they were themselves already injected with a kind of subcutaneous perfume.

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A Day in the Life

by Larissa Diakiw

Editor’s note: Artist and writer Sholem Krishtalka’s A Berlin Diary began as a sort of graphic novel in storyboards on Hazlitt in 2014 (Krishtalka describes it as a “foreign film about a queer Canadian in Berlin”). The project continues on Krishtalka’s blog and has also appeared as an exhibition. Frankie No One investigates the work here in a graphic review.

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Surplus Humanity

by Jason Freure

As part of guest editor Laura Kenins’ month on comics, here Jason delves into Sylvie Rancourt’s graphic novel, Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer (Drawn & Quarterly, 2015). 

Abitibi is one of those parts of the world that people are always leaving. It’s the kind of place people come from whose fathers were miners and whose grandmothers were farmers.

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Water’s Visual Potency

by Ray McClaughlin

Comics encompass larger narratives, dealing with anything from abuse, addiction, family, love, war, history, and nature. Yet comics can be taken for granted as trivial anecdotal afterthoughts, as can the depletion of our natural resources. As creative types, wouldn’t it seem wise and timely to use aesthetic prowess to explore and draw attention to issues that threaten our natural habitat?

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Knausgaard, Noodles, and Kurt Cobain

by Fawn Parker

As a student, I don’t often have time to read for pleasure. Sometimes I get lucky and my Megabus breaks down, or there’s a problem with my internet during finals. Usually I feel like reading only happens when it’s my only option. However I did manage to get my hands on some pretty exciting books this year.

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My Year In Books

by Domenica Martinello

When we vaunt our yearly reading habits on social media like the Goodreads Reading Challenge, or with #95books, I think it’s less about vanity and more about a feeling of solidarity that comes with connecting to a community of book-lovers. The Reading Challenge is a fun way to track and remember books,

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Sequential Gestures: Reading Cameron Anstee

by Bardia Sinaee

The Town Crier is proud to present the following essay from Puritan contributor Bardia SinaeeBardia’s poem “Etobicoke” was featured in Issue 20 of The PuritanThe following is a survey of Apt. 9 Press founder Cameron Anstee’s poetry to date.