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Rhonda Waterfall reviews The Pharmacist's Mate by Amy Fusselman, just under 100 pages of minimalist prose called "a brief miracle of a book." more

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Another classic story from Geist's 20th Anniversary Collector's Issue. more

Short Stories

Michael Hayward reviews Beat Generation by Jack Kerouac, a three-act play he wrote but never produced. more

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As Kerouac later described it, the letter was “a work of literary genius. Neal, he was just telling me what happened one time in Denver, and he had every detail. It was just like Dostoevsky. And I realized that’s the way to tell a story—just tell it! more

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This journey took me from New Orleans to Calgary, where I am right now. more

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We don’t know why the budgie did it. He must have been unhappy. It can’t have been easy for him—pecking the bell, hanging about on the pole. more

Essays

The atrocities were carried out in the name of some version of “civilization” that the Queen represented. more

Columns

These two portraits (of John Jackson of Toronto) were taken by Andrew Danson Danushevsky and are separated by an interval of eighteen years. more

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Two women on motorcycles: one in the dead zone of Chernobyl, and the other in the cactus country of Kamloops. more

Dispatches

Before I opened for Joyce Carol Oates at her reading at Harbourfront in Toronto, we had dinner: Oates and her husband, Raymond Smith; the organizer, Greg Gatenby; and me. more

Dispatches

Reporting on the Michael Jackson trial from a Best Value Inn in Santa Maria, California. more

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Ten thousand bombs had fallen and I was waiting for death to come and scoop its daily share from a bowl of limbs and blood. I walked down the street under the falling bombs. The streets were empty. I walked above humans hid­den in shelters like colon more

Short Stories

Emily’s mother had unusually large eyes that bulged slightly and often turned red, and she stared at people in restaurants and stores. Sometimes Emily’s mother commented on these people’s conversations, or laughed at their jokes, as if she were part of their group. When they turned and gave Emily’s mother a look to remind her that she was not part of the group, Emily’s throat would tighten and she would have to pinch her arm hard to keep from hitting her mother. more

Essays

A series of diptychs featuring 75 Davids: an original photo accompanied by one taken a decade later. more

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One of the pleasures of reading for no particular reason is coming across hidden stories, involuntary essays, samples of what someone once called “found literature”—as opposed, I imagine, to the literature that states its official identity on the cover. Leafing through a book on Samuel de Champlain, I came across, of all things, a detective story. more

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Third prize winner of the 2nd Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. more

Postcard Story Contest

Honourable mention in the 2nd Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. more

Postcard Story Contest

Second prize winner of the 2nd Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. more

Postcard Story Contest

Honourable mention in the 2nd Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. more

Postcard Story Contest

The unabridged audio version of the Odyssey (Penguin) opens with a brief interlude of eerie music, followed by the voice of Gandalf announcing: “The Odyssey, translated by Robert Fagles, read by Ian McKellan,” and with that, one is caught up in an ep more

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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

Read the answer from Geist Editors!

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