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Jan 26 2014

Reading List: Books I Read in 2013

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As per tradition, here’s a list of books I read in the year just ended (in this case, 2013), listed alphabetically by author: Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Regeneration, by Pat Barker The Eye in the Door, by Pat Barker Days; A Tangier Diary, by Paul Bowles Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden † The [...]

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Mar 25 2012

Talking About Books

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I like talking about books. What I like even more is listening to people talk about books. Over the years I have entertained this fetish by listening to CBC Radio and by attending various book festivals around town, most notably the Blue Metropolis festival (which, while still good, was a lot better when it was [...]

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Jan 02 2012

Books I Read in 2011 (…and a few notes about my iPad)

A as per new-year tradition, here is the list of books I read in the year just ended, with commentary to follow: Stet, by Diana Athill* A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan Homo Evolutis, by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans* Headlong, by Michael Frayne On [...]

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Aug 05 2011

Jack Kerouac and Poutine

Recently, on Twitter, @Audrey_Sprenger tweeted that Jack Kerouac’s favorite snack was “Med rare cheeseburg on Engl muf w mayo & fried onions” because “it reminded him of poutine.” My bullshit detector immediately sounded, and I replied saying so. After a bit of back-and-forth, I backed down, deferring to Sprenger’s expertise, because, as it turns out, [...]

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Jan 18 2011

Books read in 2010

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As I’ve done every January since 2004, I present here a list of the books I’ve read in the previous year, with commentary. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe The Stranger, by Albert Camus (translated by Matthew Ward) My Antonia, by Willa Cather Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon Utz, by Bruce Chatwin Enemy at [...]

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Jan 09 2010

Reading List: Books I Read in 2009

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As is my annual tradition since 2004, I present to you the list of books I read in the previous year (in this case, 2009). They are listed by author, in decending alphabetical order. The ones that really stuck with me are highlighted. House of Meetings, by Martin Amis The Wasted Vigil, by Nadeem Aslam [...]

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Jul 09 2009

Book Trouble

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I‘ve been having some trouble with books lately. (1) I accidentally bought the LARGE PRINT edition of Morley Callaghan’s “The Loved and the Lost.” (It is ironic that when you buy online from Chapters-Indigo, the “large print” designation is marked in fine print.) It’s not a disaster; after all, the words are all the same, [...]

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