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  • Launching Greenpeace

    A first-hand account of Greenpeace's first expedition to stop U.S. underwater nuclear testing on September 15, 1971. more »

    Jun 7, 2011 Essays

  • Jack Pine Fire Strategy

    From "The Benefits of Being Burned," a chapter in Canada's Boreal Forest, by J. David Henry (Smithsonian Natural History Series). more »

    Jan 5, 2010 ETC

  • th Canadian

    On th train, back from th Empressdining car, snowing woodlands,pulling thru Manitoba, recallhow sum yrs after th second centenaryof th founding of Halifax, whichdate i commemorated with signabove my father’s street door more »

    Jun 26, 2008 FICTION

  • Note-Speak

    A glossary of acronyms and initialisms designed for the note-passing phases of high-school courtship, from 2gether 4ever: Notes of a Junior High School Heartthrob by Dene Larson, published in 2004 by Chronicle Books. more »

    May 15, 2008 Lists

  • Memory of Fire

    We were setting fires in a dry gulch in the hills at the edge of town, with crumpled sagebrush and bits of tumbleweed and no paper for kindling, and we had to start our own fire with a single match the way they did in the Cub Scout troop that met Thursday nights in the basement of St. Paul’s Anglican church on Battle Street. more »

    Mar 26, 2008 Dispatches

  • Freewriting

    Mary Meigs and her friend Lise Weil, editor of Beyond Recall, met regularly to do freewriting together. For each exercise they chose a line or phrase from the work of a poet they both admired; then, inspired by that "prompt," both women wrote for five or ten minutes, recording whatever came to mind (and hand). more »

    Feb 28, 2008 Essays

  • Cake

    Having a sweet spot for someone isn’t the same as being in love more »

    Feb 10, 2008 Short Stories

  • Beyond Recall

    My greatest difficulty at eighty-five is to think coherent thoughts. I want to think about old age and instead my blurry eyes are drawn away from this paper by the movement of spring leaves, yellow-green, outside the window. more »

    Feb 7, 2008 Essays

  • Strays

    In early March 2003, when I arrived in Taiwan to teach English, I took to the streets of Taoyuan County to take some photographs. I was looking for anything—signs, market scenes, strange faces, cityscapes, bus stations, barber shops—but all I could see was dogs. These dogs were not pets, though they may once have been. They were strays—dogs that lived on their own. more »

    Feb 1, 2008 Dispatches

  • Reading Beyond the Grave

    "There are people," Chateaubriand comments, "who, in the midst of the collapse of empires, visit fountains and gardens" more »

    Sep 1, 2007 Columns

  • The Sojourn

    Patty: What I liked about Alan Cumyn’s The Sojourn (McClelland and Stewart) is the way he thrusts us into a muddy trench in the middle of World War I, where the narrator is carrying a load of something called iron pig’s tails on his shoulders and his more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Straight Razor and Other Poems

    Salvatore Ala has written a poem about a barbershop that may have no equal in that genre. It can be found in his new book, Straight Razor and Other Poems (Biblioasis). more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Between the Door Posts

    Between the Door Posts, by Isa Milman (Ekstasis Editions), begins with this quote from Kafka: “How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?” more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • The Cripple and His Talismans

    The protagonist of The Cripple and His Talismans by Anosh Irani (Raincoast) is a self-centred, self-absorbed, wealthy-but-have-chosen-to-live-among-the-crippled-and-poor-in-Bombay man. more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Mamma Mia! Good Italian Girls Talk Back

    Homemade red wine in pop bottles and sausage-making/family-bonding sessions are aspects of my heritage that I had never seen reflected until I read Mamma Mia! Good Italian Girls Talk Back (ECW), collected by Maria Coletta McLean. more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Soccer in Sun and Shadow

    Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow (Verso) collects his ruminations on the history and future of soccer, and consists of vignettes describing famous players, unlikely goals and every World Cup final since 1930. more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Winter in July

    Two days later I took Wayman’s workshop, Catching Fire, which was guaranteed to inspire us to get writing. He told us, among other things, that once we became writers we would no longer read for pure pleasure because we would always be analyzing what more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Marie Tyrell

    “I knew that I would dream that night of the city in flames, the brown-brick towers falling, caving in on themselves (in slow motion, great clouds of burning dust), proud lights flickering out, psssfft, all the messages going dark one by one." more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • Invisible Lines

    In Astrid van der Pol’s poetry collection, Invisible Lines (BuschekBooks), the past is the most hopeful, whereas each new future enters some form of sadness. more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews

  • The Sound and the Fury

    Two days later I took Wayman’s workshop, Catching Fire, which was guaranteed to inspire us to get writing. He told us, among other things, that once we became writers we would no longer read for pure pleasure because we would always be analyzing what more »

    Jul 24, 2007 Reviews