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Evolutionaries vs. The Psychopath Factor

There’s a classic scene in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie when Indiana Jones is faced with an expert swordsman in an Arab marketplace.[1] Realizing he’s hopelessly outclassed, Jones simply pulls out his revolver and shoots the man. This … Continue reading

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Laundry Lines—Telegraphing Memory and Experience

Normally I wouldn’t have much interest in a collection so firmly based in women’s experience. It’s a history I can’t possibly hope to understand at the same level as a woman. But Laundry Lines by Ann Elizabeth Carson goes far … Continue reading

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Memoirs—Sideways and Otherwise

“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other … Continue reading

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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology

Kingdom of the Banal Why is it I find it so hard to finish novels these days? And I’m not talking about trashy supermarket fluff, either. I mean the stuff that in Canada is given the imprimateur of ‘literary fiction.’ … Continue reading

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Margoshes’ Wager a Novel Leap of Imagination

INTRODUCTION: This week I’m featuring an interview with novelist Dave Margoshes, whose earlier novel Drowning Man I reviewed favourably in this blog on November 17, 2014 as The Lost Kootenay Novel. (See Book Reviews thread.) This year the prolific Margoshes … Continue reading

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Dee Hobsbawn-Smith: Three Books, Many Roads

Food, big sky, horses, love, loss, redemption. How Canadian is that? To find out, check out one of the readings by Saskatchewan-based author dee Hobsbawn-Smith, who will be visiting the north Slocan Valley as part of her Western Canada tour. … Continue reading

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Chameleonfire Book Club: Part Two

Shakespeare, The Biography by Peter Ackroyd Ackroyd deftly avoids the numerous traps of the Shakespearian academic industry with its many divergent, often crackpot theories about who The Bard was or wasn’t. The most ridiculous example is probably the one espoused … Continue reading

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