The Senior Editor of Geist learns to "Wear Knee Socks with Everything" from an exceptional blog turned print book by Tavi Gevinson. more »
Mary Schendlinger is Senior Editor of Geist magazine, and she teaches writing and publishing courses at UBC and SFU. She is the author of Power Parenting Your Teenager, The Little Greenish-Brown Book of Slugs, Prepare To Be Amazed: The Geniuses of Modern Magic and many stories, articles, reviews and comix.
Senior Editor Mary Schendlinger remembers her friend and Geist contributor Saeko Usukawa. more »
When a group of people who have been silent begin to speak up, one of the first literary forms to emerge is the memoir. So it is with the twenty-two women whose stories are gathered in Nobodys Mother: Life Without Kids, edited by Lynne Van Luven (Heritage House). For one reason or another—twenty-two reasons, to be exact—they have chosen not to bear children; their book is among a very few on the subject (most of them published in the last few years), perhaps because, as Lorna Crozier writes, “the words used to describe [the childless condition] are negative and denote a lessening or loss.” more »
Once a piece of writing has been accepted for publication, and the writer and the editor have worked out the size, shape and tone of the piece, how confidently does the Geist copy editor go in with her red pen and fine-tune it? Assuming that she cannot have memorized every rule and convention of diction, syntax, usage, spelling and punctuation, that she has instead accumulated some experience and a six-foot-long shelf of deluxe reference books, should she still have as many questions as answers? For example, does a puck rebound or redound off the boards, and is the warm weather unseasonal or unseasonable? more »
Nomi Nickel, the heroine of A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (Knopf), is a bad girl. How can she help it? more »
If you read one book on the Information Age, make sure it's Bill McKibben's The Age of Missing Information (Penguin/Plume), which is a real page-turner of a long essay about What's Wrong with the Idea of Information. The device is neat: McKibben watched twenty-four hours' worth of TV in Fairfax, Virginia (it took him a year—you can get ninety-three channels in Fairfax), and then he spent twenty-four hours alone up one of the Adirondack mountains, recovering. more »