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Monthly archive January, 2008

Mairead Byrne, Seriously: A Conversation & 3 Poems

LH: I love your piece, “Some Differences Between Poetry & Standup,” which I heard you read at Zinc. Can you tell me a little about the origins of that work?MB: Brendan Lorber asked me to do it, for a January date, one fall. Not the fall preceding the January date but the fall before that!...

Carmine Starnino on the art of reviewing

You love this so much and you’re so angry at this bad book that you want to hurt the person. You want them to feel hurt. When I first started I thought I was acting as a consumer advocate. I thought people were being taken for a ride. I thought poets were poetically undelivering and...

Chris Millar

Sandwich and Burger Patch, Trepanier Baer Manic punk cartoon collaging obsessive glue-gunning artist takes on board and paste and paint and many plastic things which hang and protrude and exude and portend and otherwise meander down and to the right…though unconventional in the down right movement and goth and what what. A twenty-something boy room...

Michael Chabon – Probably Not Thinking About His Pulitzer Prize But You Never Know, I Have Never Won a Pulitzer Prize So I Can’t Determine The Think Stay Power of Such an Award. Besides it Was Fri The 13th So He Was Prob Thinking About Death

Michael Chabon – Probably Not Thinking About His Pulitzer Prize But You Never Know, I Have Never Won a Pulitzer Prize So I Can’t Determine The Think Stay Power of Such an Award. Besides it Was Fri The 13th So He Was Prob Thinking About Death, originally uploaded by merkley???. From http://flickr.com/groups/booksandportraits/

Friday Round up

TIMOTHY FINDLEYCBC has an extensive feature on Findley, a writer in the “man of letters” tradition to be sure. Not Wanted on the Voyage is a Hound favorite. Who can resist a story told by a cat? Particularly when the cat is named Mottle… I had been looking for a copy of this earlier, to...

Robert Majzels, prose sleuth

Before there was the Humbug’s Diet there was Apikoros Sleuth.

Canadian fiction

Task: find an anthology or text that adequately engages and inspires young readers. Hope: find such a beast that focuses on, if not solely includes, Canadian fiction. Suspects:The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, Jane UrquhartLikely Stories: A Postmodern SamplerThe new Oxford book of Canadian short stories in English by Robert Weaver and Margaret Eleanor...

Lost in Space – Network Sales Presentation

Lisa Robertson, Calgary 2008

more bits and bites

“The only failure is no love.” ca conrad Have you discovered the Artfag? There is a manifesto and much bite. Bookmark that site, along with Akimblog, for the latest on contemporary Canadian art. Very much looking forward to Generation, which opens at the Art Gallery of Alberta this weekend. The Hound finally treks up to...

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Missing post? For some reason this should have been posted January 6th. A brief, fairly annotated post on the partaking of art yesterday in Montreal, a cold day with much walking. It was the Hound’s first visit to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and she endured a line up. But it was worth it....

Bits and links

magill library, Haverford College. Originally uploaded by lemon hound. You’ll find a new photograph from the Books and Portraits pool once a week on Lemon Hound henceforth. Random bites this week: CBC takes a look at Mavis Gallant, a Hound favorite. Do take a look yourself, and check out that vintage photo. Monica Vitti? There’s...

How are you coping?

Is there any good news regarding the environment? Headlines featuring polar bears drowning. A quick search involving “good news” gets hits of–of course– bible news. It seems that is the only good news these days. How to be optimistic? Like this? Or, with a little humor? (Is that really funny?) Or just a little humorous?...

Shanna Compton, Poem and Conversation

THE OFFICES OF WOMEN Think of heras kindlinginformed by lightsuchthat it collectsat her bright tipsCome underthe power ofher example:the necessity of abandona theme of memory& spiritual comelinessa blandishmentto which none can holdall ladies Lemon Hound: You were poetry editor at Soft Skull before this, what made you decide to start you own press? Shanna Compton:...

Raymond Carver / Gish

More on the Carver over at Silliman’s blog. He makes some good points, and raises important questions regarding the commodification of Raymond Carver. Much of which I wouldn’t argue with, though I’m not sure I can agree with a sense of an organic feel to the earlier version quoted here. Lish’s edits are disconcerting (and...

Strange and (mostly) Wonderful

Notable deaths of 2007. Notable? Vendetta! Poesie! Academic discontent in Tel Aviv. She slam! Rene Char in translation in the Brooklyn Rail which also has some fine fiction–Dawn Raffel is one I should have mentioned in my previous post. Judd Apatow, latest cultural phenomenon the Hound does not get. Check out the language in the...

Recently read (or reread)

Elizabeth Costello, CoetzeeThe Humbugs Diet, Robert MajzelsExit Ghost, Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip RothBel Canto, Anne PatchettNight, Elie WieselWonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker, ed. David RemnickPenguin Anthology of Stories by Canadian Women, ed. Denise ChongThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence SterneVertigo, WG Sebald An odd reading list, but indeed the...

Happy New Year, Hello Again, and what about that gunk in the middle?

The last New Years post was a good bye. This blog remained silent for some months, but photographs began to appear mid-winter, and gradually text. It seemed impossible not to share reading responses and ideas in this manner–like an alchemist turning her back on the most potent ingredient of the day. Despite the persistence of...

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