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Monthly archive November, 2010

I’ve got strangeness that jingle jingle jangles…

Strangeness of the week. I find the song, and now this video, absolutely compelling. Unfortunately it’s a trailer for a game…and as games go it appears to be fairly predictable: it involves killing; it involves a desecrated future earth, it involves levels. There is a sense of achievement, of having satisfaction withheld…etc. I haven’t seen...

Pulled off my shelves #9: “Have you studied the soft toes of geckoes?”

With each of these columns, I’ve attempted to interrogate an aspect of writing by exploring a series of books I’ve pulled from my bookshelves. The question has repeatedly been: what is a book? This week “What?” itself is a book. Over the last few years I’ve accumulated three different books (and am always happily looking...

Pulled off my Shelves #8: “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy”

In All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy, Phil Buehler attempts to document, assemble and continue Jack Torrance’s manuscript from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining. Conceptually, recreating Torrance’s manuscript from the few frames of film shown playfully concretizes the fictional output of a fictional character. Only a few pages of the...

Two Poems and a Conversation With J.R. Carpenter

I’ve Died and Gone to Devon England is a small country, unless you’re driving across it. From the M3/A303 you’d think the whole country was countryside. The deeper into Devon you drive, the narrower and more winding the roads. If this is the wrong side of the road, I don’t care what’s right. If this...

Sina Queyras talks to Johanna Skibsrud

Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists is up for a Giller Prize (the “darkest horse” in the race according to the Toronto Star), but she is also a poet, and the author of two collections, most recently  I Do Not Think I Could Love a Human Being, Gaspereau 2010. We corresponded by email this week. SQ: When I...

Sina Queyras Talks To Suzanne Buffam

SQ: Thanks for agreeing to a little exchange which will follow up where Damian Rogers left off last week. I was quite taken by your new book, particularly the spaciousness of it. As much as I love a project, so many books of poetry these days, probably my own included, are overdetermined from start to...

Pulled off my shelves #7: “Hence latent of satisfaction, relating singing of of bunch the effect.”

For the majority of my columns to date I have focused on the minimal, the smallest gestures—novels built of nothing but punctuation, novels built by erasing the majority of other people’s texts; novelists who create using nothing but blocks of colour, novelists who entirely refuse to write. But what about texts which weigh in on the...

A Conversation with Jeramy Dodds

from a public dialogue at Open Space, Victoria, 26 October 2010 NARDONE: Crabwise to the Hounds was a very particular book in that when it came out in the fall of 2008, it seemed to have an immediate impact. There was this unique voice throughout and a particular sense of poem-construction that felt at once...

Damian Rogers on Suzanne Buffam’s “The Irrationalist”

A few months ago, a friend’s father challenged me to defend poetry as a product in the marketplace — the demand left me sputtering about art, the relative insignificance of commercial value, blah blah blah. It was weak. A snappier sound bite, which came to me later (oh the wit of the staircase), would have...

Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill will read on November 12, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the De Sève Cinema at Concordia University. Award-winning author Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and Veronica (nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and L.A. Times Book Award) and of the...

Indexical Elegies, Indexed

Jon Paul Fiorentino‘s latest poetry book is Indexical Elegies, out recently from Coach House. Though the book’s cover includes the words “Includes index”, no index was included in my copy. I thought this a grave oversight and sought to rectify it. Herewith, an incomplete index on Indexical Elegies. Death, 70all the expensive/whiskey at your wake,...

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