Category: Reviews

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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
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.