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Geist 102

Like most advice given to writers, the injunction to “write what you know” is misleading. more

Columns

Eve Corbel draws emoji you can use when Mercury is in retrograde, when you've eaten too much hot sauce and during other specific times of need. more

Dispatches

"On benedick’s retirement, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the catholic church" more

POETRY

From Chalk, winner of the 38th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. more

FICTION

"Rita, we are both members / of the fat neo-Scottish diaspora. / Don’t tell me it doesn’t exist, sweet darlin’" more

POETRY

Michael Hayward reviews Some Rain Must Fall, part of the six volume memoir by Karl Ove Knausgaard. more

Reviews

"Nietzsche, for example, thought his pen was a hammer, but he may have been mistaken because German professors rarely did their own carpentry." more

FICTION

"The Orange Grove is dry and sparse and heartbreaking, much like the unnamed country in which it takes place." more

Reviews

"anything you wanted to keep had to be taken off your balcony / then on that day, Balcony Day / whatever items were still left out there disappeared" more

POETRY

On Dorothy Parker Day we wear wool suits and little hats, smoke with cigarette holders and have a liver-coloured dachshund on a lead. more

Dispatches

Known and Strange Things (Random House) is a collection of Teju Cole’s essays and other short pieces, many of which have previously appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere online. more

Reviews

"he’s rowing with bed rails on sheets / sail-taut where the sea should be." more

POETRY 1 Comments

"At the back of the line a woman with no teeth was trying to hold an eighteen-pack of budget toilet paper with one hand." more

Dispatches 1 Comments

Three generations of the Crosby family live and die, but all you really need to know about Tinkers by Paul Harding is the writer’s exceptional use of language. more

Reviews

First there was the Canadian daredevil Ken Carter who, for five years (starting in 1976), made repeated attempts to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-propelled car. more

Reviews

From Jean Talon to Lenin’s Tomb more

Dispatches

I Cycled into the Arctic Circle: A Peregrination by James Duthie and Matt Hulse (Saltire Society) is a “newly revived and revised edition of deaf Scotsman James Duthie’s rare journal.” more

Reviews

Arthur Manuel recounts the time he and over 300 other activists took over the Department of Indian Affairs in 1973. more

FACT

“If we paid protection money to the KGB, there’d be nothing left for salaries. And we call it the FSB now.” more

Dispatches

"Like most people who have seen the stand-up comedy and other stage-work of Charles Demers, I sure couldn’t pass up a book of his personal essays." more

Reviews 2 Comments

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

What’s the difference between weather and weather conditions? CBC Radio hosts use both, in equally solemn voices, but “weather conditions” sounds somehow more threatening than “weather.” Is it?

—Evelyn, Cyberspace

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