Geist 111

AnnMarie MacKinnon locates a chicken at large; Carla Nappi reimagines Plato’s Symposium; Ola Szczecinska visits Warsaw to keep from losing her memories; Michal Kozlowski tours Rideau Hall during the Governor General’s Literary Awards; Alberto Manguel considers the subversive nature of reading.

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Also in Geist 111:

Lost City Photographs by Ian MacEachern

Epictetus on the road to success

Matt Snell on healing hands in Peterborough

Terese Marie Mailhot talks to Paul Simon on the phone

Gwen Benaway’s Curiosities

André Alexis on Dull Patch, Ontario

Katharena Vermette’s when Louis Riel went crazy

Eve Joseph reaches out

Han Fusen on moolah, multiculturalism and the secret pickle ingredient

Proust, Powell, Ferrante and Knausgaard duke it out in the ring

The curious case of Virginia Woolf and 4chan

Mary Schendlinger delves into the difficulties of translating Natalia Ginzburg

Winners of the First Annual Geist Work Shanty Writing Contest

…and the world’s most difficult crossword puzzle!

Table of Contents


Ola Szczecinska, "Symbiosis in Warsaw"

Carla Nappi, "Sappho Questions Medusa"

Winners of the Geist Work Shanty Writing Contest


AnnMarie MacKinnon, "Chicken at Large"

Matt Snell, "Laying on Hands"

Jill Mandrake, "peanut brittle"

Han Fusen, "Till Talk"

andrea bennett, "Wolf Suite"

Michal Kozlowski, "After the Money"


Ian MacEachern, "Lost City Photographs"

Terese Marie Mailhot, "Simpler Things"

Epictetus on the road to success

Eve Joseph, "Reaching Out"

Gwen Benaway, "Curiosities"

Judy LeBlanc, "Expiration Date"

André Alexis, "Dull Patch, ON"

Dominique Bernier-Cormier, "Fourteen"

Shannon Bramer, "She's the One Who Lost Her Mom"

Katherena Vermette, "when Louis Riel went crazy"

Nikki Furrer, "J-Tips"


"Libraries without Borders" by Alberto Manguel, City of Words

ENDNOTES: Featuring reviews of

The End by Karl Ove Knausgaard, reviewed by Michael Hayward

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, reviewed by Jonathan Heggen

Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg, reviewed by Mary Schendlinger

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber, reviewed by Kris Rothstein

Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary by Louis Hyman, reviewed by Kris Rothstein

Brion Gysin: His Name Was Master from Trapart Books, reviewed by Michael Hayward

Crazy Rich Asians from Warner Bros. Pictures, reviewed by Patty Osborne

The Revised Boy Scout Manual: An Electronic Revolution by William S. Burroughs, reviewed by Michael Hayward

Kerouac: Beat Painting published by Skira, reviewed by Michael Hayward

Japan and the Beats from the Tokyo Poetry Journal, reviewed by Michael Hayward



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