Category: The Writing Life

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Taking Liberties: A Story of the Twenty-Tens

by Samara Grace Chadwick

Incalculable are the benefits civilization has brought us … inconceivable the marvellous creations of the human sex in order to make men more happy, more free, and more perfect.
—Malcolm Lowry as cited by Georges Perec

Bright, Modern & Spacious! Liberty Village Loft-Unit Boasts 2 Balconies That Overlook Court Yard & City Views,

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Decoding Classics in Contemporary Comics

by Shannon Page

Frequently, and often problematically, the classics of ancient Greece and Rome are used as a kind of shorthand for sophistication. Even the name implies a timeless purity of taste, distinguishing them from media intended for mass consumption. Meanwhile, new branches of classical scholarship are becoming increasingly concerned with the many ways that the literature and history of the ancient Mediterranean world have come to impact contemporary culture.

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A Graphic Essay on Julie Doucet

by Evangeline Freedman

Julie Doucet has published most of her her work through the Montreal-based Drawn & Quarterly, and is one of the most well-known female artists to be published by the company. Her first new work of comics in over a decade will be released next month.

Although she was famously mentioned in a Le Tigre song,

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Getting a Grant to Make Comics in Canada

by Laura Kenins

The one thing that stuck firmly with me from art school was internalizing the Canada Council definition of a professional artist: an education in art, a record of exhibitions, peer recognition, and three years post-graduate before you can apply. I felt reassured in the knowledge that whatever I did later, I’d always be—officially—an artist.

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Picking Sides in Comics: If Comics Are Literature, Why Don’t I Feel like a Writer?

by Laura Kenins

Holiday and birthday money never came with the stipulation not to spend it on comics in our house (although it did come with a ban on video games, which I always found strange, as we never owned a video game console). My dad was often an enthusiastic reader of our Archie comics after (or before) we’d finished with them.

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Small Town Asshole III

by Julie Mannell

This is the third instalment of Julie’s Small Town Asshole series, and her final post as guest editor for the Town Crier. Find the first two parts here and here.

Young Julie and Grown Julie are sitting in Fonthill together at the peak,

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Never Give Up the Ghost

by JC Bouchard

The first time I thought I was going to die was at a landfill near my duplex house in a subdivision of Elliot Lake, my hometown. We called the suburb The New Sub. Lured there by my mother’s boyfriend, Ben, I unloaded wood scraps from his truck and threw the fractured pieces over a cliff and into a pit of broken televisions,

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Small Town Asshole II

by Tyler Willis

As we near the end of Julie’s month at The Town Crier, she brings us the second instalment of Small Town Asshole (read the first one here)—a no-holds-barred account of her hometown, an on and off romance, and her tumultuous relationship with her inner self.

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—THE INCUBUS & THE METER MAID—

by Ali Pinkney

Occurrence: 01/01/2016

I eat white fish and cured green pepper lateral-wise a subdued-tropical tank of fish. The fish are cantaloupe coloured they look fresh I start to cry. I’m at an Indian restaurant on St-Laurent alone as in, I’m the only patron in the whole—okay wait. As I typed that over my plate,

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Looking Elsewhere

by Rudrapriya Rathore

Rudrapriya Rathore is a publicity agent for The Puritan. Here she writes about vacationing in her parents’ new house, considering multiple places “home,” and connecting to Salman Rushdie.

As part of the annual December mass-migration of grown-up children, I diligently went home for the holidays—home being the house my parents live in,