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The Centre of the Universe

Now that network television has all but disappeared from our everyday consciousness, it’s difficult to convey how central it once was to how we viewed…

Why Write, Part II

None of the many novels Ford Madox Ford wrote before The Good Soldier, which appeared in 1915, are read today; few people even know he…

Why Write, Part I

Unlike my other least favourite question – “What’s your novel about?” – this one, “Why write?”, is a question that writers ask themselves, usually plaintively.…

Out of the Fiery Dumpster

  Why is Canada getting such a bashing in the literary press these days?  At this year’s Kingston WritersFest, Adam Gopnik, a Canadian who lives…

Banff

Walking up from the Banff townsite to the Banff Centre for Art and Creativity one evening, I saw movement on the path ahead of me.…

Roderick Haig-Brown

A white mist hangs over the Campbell River in the mornings. The river flows swiftly and is so shallow it kicks a lot of moisture…

Heart Of Oak

I was raised almost mutely by a father who, I am sure, loved me, but with a kind of muscle love that could not be…