Archive for October, 2011

Blog #25: Major Matremoirs by Alison Bechdel and Jeanette Winterson

TweetMaybe I will do Mothers: A Literary Anthology, after all. Until recently I felt there weren’t enough strong mother-pieces to justify such a book. Soon, perhaps, there will be. Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama (ISBN-10: 0618982507) is due out in May of 2012, and Jeanette Winterson has just published Why Be [...]

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Mini Musing #10: Lily Briscoe and Review Copies

TweetPoor Lily Briscoe. She will have to wait another blog or two to get her turn. I still have research to do, and life keeps getting in the way. As I type, set dec people are in the living room and dining area, preparing for an episode of Fringe. While we really don’t need the [...]

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Blog #24: Wallace Stegner, Sharon Butala, and Eastend

TweetWallace Stegner, Sharon Butala, and Eastend. Wonderful news! This morning I got an email from Ethel Wills. She was writing on behalf of the Stegner House Committee to offer me a residency at the Wallace Stegner House, Eastend, from Sept 2 to Sept 22, 2012. A dream come true. I almost feel as if I [...]

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Mini Musing #9: Two New Father Tributes

TweetTwo New Father Tributes Two fine new tributes have been posted on the Fathers Tribute page. The first is Mark Harding’s piece about his father, Stuart, as published in the Globe and Mail. The second piece is by UK sports writer and author (Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Anatomy of England, and an [...]

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Blog #23: The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father (continued)

TweetThe Man Nobody Knew As stated at the end of my previous entry, the patremoir elements of The Man Nobody Knew are as fascinating as the historical and political elements. The voiced part of the movie comes close to making William Colby a tragic, yet heroic figure; the unvoiced part seethes with anger and with [...]

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Blog #22: The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

TweetLily Briscoe can wait a week. Today’s blog feels too topical to wait. On the day in which Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a drone missile in Yemen, on a day in which the media discussed the ethics of state conducted assassination, on a day in which The Guardian wondered about US obligations to Saleh’s [...]

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