Liberté Égalité Fraternité

The last little while has been rough. I don't just mean the last few days; I rang in 2018 while under involuntary lockdown in the local behaviour health hospital. Today in particular was challenging. But I'm still here. So. I'm compiling a couple of different reading challenges for the upcoming months and whole year. My…

Motherhood, by Sheila Heti

I recently was asked to consider a book review I enjoyed and ask myself why I enjoyed it---so I went straight to Sheila Heti's Motherhood. It made the Scotiabank Giller Prize Long List for this year, and is one of the two most engaging novels I've read in the last little while. It won out over Jeannie…

A Report From the Inside of Schrödinger’s Box of Self-Doubt

Alternatively Titled: A Graduate Student's Gusty Confession About Why Stuff is Hard I'm still on the Hunt for #ReadOctober. This week it's American poet David Wojahn's WORLD TREE, recommended by my thesis chair, and Canadian science journalist Alanna Mitchell's THE SPINNING MAGNET, which came to me via interlibrary loan as recommended by McLean Magazine's "Nonfiction…

I'm sharing this post as a point of interest. Kevin is a prof at my undergrad school who was hugely encouraging and kind and a hundred other things that really made my time at Acadia U so worthwhile. This is an interview he gave a few years ago---I was looking for his presence online because…

Continuing the Hunt for #ReadOctober

I made it through The Real Lolita: the Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman and Elegy by Larry Lewis while I was away in Florida for Canadian Thanksgiving. I absolutely blasted through Lolita---it was fascinating to watch Weinman's moves in dissecting a theory that few other scholars had looked into or even…

The Hunt for #ReadOctober

So, to my chagrin, I did not make it all the way through my entire September Women Poets list---but I'm being gentle with myself. That list was 75 books by 61 different poets, and that's a lot of reading. So I'm moving into my next reading challenge: a multi-genre free-for-all that I have (because I'm…

Roundup! American Women of Colour

You'd think, with the hurricane, that I would have gotten a lot more reading done. You'd also be wrong. Yeah, no, my OCD was not having it with the read-n-relax mentality. We were totally fine, I swear, the weather did little more than make us very wet, but my brain was in a steady state…

Week Two: Native American, Immigrant, and Other Women of Colour

*With an important caveat: works by black women from around the world is the week four theme. Black American women will feature during that week. Coming up this week are American women of colour from all over the US, including Native American women and women with cultural histories from all over the world. Because I…