Category: Reviews

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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.

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A Review of Melissa Bull’s Rue

by Jason Freure

You can still be lost even when you know exactly where you’re standing. That’s the takeaway of Melissa Bull’s Rue, a debut poetry collection grounded in a story about growing up, making mistakes, and coping with those mistakes your parents made, all the while wandering through Montreal’s boroughs.

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Excursions in the Art of Lying

by John Nyman

When derek beaulieu says, “please, no more poetry,” Daniel Scott Tysdal’s Fauxccasional Poems may seem like the last place to turn for a response. Playful, dense, and brilliantly executed in line with a variety of well-established (and difficult!) poetic forms, it’s as easy to read Tysdal’s work as a master craftsman’s homage to poetry as it has always been.