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Stephen Osborne


Stephen Osborne is a co-founder and contributing publisher of Geist. He is the award-winning writer of Ice & Fire: Dispatches from the New World and dozens of shorter works, many of which can be read at geist.com.

When faced with the gnarly writing of Thomas Bernhard readers experience again and again the difficulty of summarizing what they are reading, of thematizing what they have read. more

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barbara findlay describes herself as a lawyer, and therefore a member of a privileged group, who did not herself have the same civil and human rights as everyone else: a paradox that became central to her life and her “lawyering.” more

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"My espresso machine was in the repair shop and I had begun to despair of ever seeing it again." more

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"The miscellanist Rob Kovitz in his new book Dead and Cold has assembled, coordinated or otherwise summoned into being the best, the most spellbinding and the most chilblain-inducing account of death in the Arctic that you will ever read." more

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CBC Radio celebrated National Poetry Day by reading a poem written in 1916 by Bliss Carman, which raises the question: are there no living poets who cut the mustard? more

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"In Martin John, Anakana Schofield’s new novel, the reader is beckoned, saluted, enticed and then drawn inexorably into the life of a demented young man." more

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Stephen Osborne says goodbye to Stephen Harper. more

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Stephen Osborne discusses the happiness level of Vancouver, the best place on earth. more

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Stephen Osborne talks about Bearded Ladies, a documentary about the works of renowned photographer Rosamond Norbury. more

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Stephen Osborne rejects the "whiny questions of national identity" posed during the "golden age" of Canadian literature in the 1960s and 70s. more

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Stephen Osborne discusses the notion that Canadian literature is “shackled to a corpse dragging us down into the future.” more

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Stephen Osborne finds a copy of Francoise Sagan's Those Without Shadows at the bus stop, complete with margin notes that create a new sort of text. more

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Stephen Osborne discusses the past, present and future of literary magazines in Canada. more

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Stephen Osborne reviews Janet Malcolm's book of essays and discusses the worst novel ever published in Canada. more

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Stephen Osborne on dog walking, the absurdity of online writing guides and the THE building. more

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"This is not a documentary; it is, however, an overpowering aesthetic and emotional experience, a true happening"—Stephen Osborne reviews Susan Sontag's film Promised Lands. more

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"The soiled side of the shirt is the great baggage of dreams"—Stephen Osborne dreams of Hemingway, Harper and profiteroles. more

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“I walked into the garage, and found a teenage boy in a tank top and shorts." Kathryn Mockler's poems eschew meaningless metaphors for direct language. more

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Downtown Vancouver, Elisapee Ishulutaq

Stephen Osborne attends a gallery opening for Elisapee Ishulutaq, an 89-year-old Inuit artist who has been making prints in Pangnirtung, Nunavut for 40 years. more

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Mandelbrot reviews Maps of Paradise by Alessandro Scafi, a history of humanity's attempts to locate utopia. more

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

What is the past tense of hang, in the sense of a person being hung (or hanged)? It would be grand if we never had occasion to use the term again, but meanwhile...

—Dana, Charlottetown PEI

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