john metcalf

The New Quarterly and Canadian Notes and Queries collaborating on a response to The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories How ironic that John Metcalf in his CNQ essay ‘Thinking about Penguins’, would call out Jane Urquhart’s inability to weigh relative merit; say of The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories “[it] flatly does not […]

Literary Criticism – or the body of critics – should be to the writer what the Roman senate was to the Roman general in the field: an unseen presence sitting sternly in judgment over his blunders; but also voting him a triumph if he did his duty well. Shall I indulge in the sarcasm of […]