Oh Grand and Glorious Southern Guru, I am perplexed. What ails thee, my pea-brained little grasshopper? My sleep has been short, my walls have been climbed, my hair has been pulled. I must know the difference between advertising and high art. Oh Great Creator, please … Continue readingIs Advertising Art?
First appeared in The Globe and Mail Little ducks and tadpoles render large life lessons in Richard Greene’s Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry Boxing the Compass. Ducks because of how, with Beckett, unbothered, “They paddle crazily among remnants Of winter, the mud and the rotted … Continue readingBook Review: Boxing the Compass, by Richard Greene
First appeared in Fine Books and Collections magazine. Literary tourism is nothing new. Socrates, who trekking out to Delphi a millennia or two ago looking for truth, could be called a literary tourist; the beardless young Greeks who went to book discussion circles to hear … Continue readingLiterary Tourism in the Air
First appeared in Guerilla Magazine Charles Foran: Mordecai Richler was a person of notable contradictions: a Jew accused of being anti-Semitic; an ‘un-Canadian’ Canadian; a dutiful son who hated his mother. Nigel Beale: How do you think this kind of ‘definition by opposition’ played out … Continue readingInterview with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times
First appeared in Guerilla Magazine When an accomplished poet tells you that he also builds boats, makes guitars, and catalogues micro-organisms it’s pretty hard not to want to connect the dots. But what if the poet tells you there are no lines to be drawn? … Continue readingBruce Taylor and the Essential Fruits of Wasteful Curiosity