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Dylan Gyles


Dylan Gyles is a writer and barista. He writes short fiction and creative non-fiction. He is originally from Winnipeg and now lives in Vancouver.

Dylan Gyles embarks on a quest to read all of literature's most difficult tomes, starting with Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. more

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Dylan Gyles reviews Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers, the story of a disillusioned young man grappling with life, the universe and metaphysical truths. more

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“Don’t try to make anything happen,” the calm voice said. Dylan Gyles visits a sensory deprivation float tank. more

Dispatches

The Best of the Best

For as long as tobacco has been smoked, there have been individuals that exemplify the craft. more

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Tobacco: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Tobacco lit cannot be discussed without considering film noir: Crime Fiction in the 1940s romanticized tobacco in an irreversible way. more

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Virtues and Miami Vices

Miami Vice premiered in 1984 and was the last American television show to glorify smoking. more

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Fear, Loathing and Tobacco

Hunter S. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, was rarely seen without a cigarette. more

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Beatniks on Tobacco

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest looks at the instant gratification that cigarettes provided the greatest writers of the Beat Generation. more

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The Honourable Suicide of Kurt Vonnegut

"The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.” —Kurt Vonnegut more

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Lucy, You Got Some Smokin' to Do

I Love Lucy was unique when it first premiered because it was sponsored entirely by Philip Morris cigarettes, which gave them tremendous sway over creative content. more

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Breathlessness

Breathless was Jean-Luc Godard's first feature and a landmark film in the New Wave movement, containing all the hallmarks of American noir: criminals, voice-overs, a femme-fatale and lots of smoking. more

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Why Crad Kilodney Loves Tobacco

Crad Kilodney could always be found on Yonge Street, rain or shine, with his stapled and photocopied books in hand and a pipe in his mouth. more

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Dylan Gyles reviews They Never Told Me and Other Stories by Austin Clarke. more

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The Spy Who Loved Smoking

In the original novels by Ian Fleming, James Bond is a heavy smoker, putting away between sixty and seventy cigarettes a day. more

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Up to Snuff

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Contest looks at the extinct habit of snuff tobacco. more

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Springfield's Cigarettes

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest looks at the long, hilarious history of smoking in The Simpsons. more

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Smoking Songs

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest looks at the inexorable link between smoking and the image of the musician. more

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The Future of Smoking

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest discusses the future of smoking as evidenced by science fiction. more

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Welcome to Flavour Country

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest marks the departure of the ever-present ever-changing cigarette slogan. more

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Cigarettes

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Contest looks at Raymond Carver and the prevalence of cigarettes in his work. more

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