Monthly Archives: January 2018

Joe, Winnipeg, 1967

A steamy summer evening in Winnipeg, 10:30 pm-ish. I was waiting at the transfer point going north by Harman’s Drugs (my high-school-friend’s father’s store), for the little connecting bus that passed the General Hospital, where I worked as an orderly … Continue reading

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David Suchet’s “Murder on the Orient Express”

Part of the Poirot DVD boxset. In many ways, this will seem ordinary except for the camera work and effective music when compared with Sidney Lumet’s movie version with an all-star cast. Where it differs is its handling of the … Continue reading

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Major Hard, Breaking News Story!

Meghan Markle has picked her wedding dress designer! Thank God! (Again, media has lost the ability to discriminate between hard and truly soft, ‘nothing’ news.)

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Another Unexpected Shaw Gem

George Bernard Shaw was one of the major playwrights of the 20th century. A number of his plays have been turned into movies including Major Barbara, The Devil’s Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Heartbreak House, Saint Joan, Androcles and the Lion, … Continue reading

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The professor who was extradited from Canada to France and then returned

will be next to get an apology from Justin and a big payout as will all the prisoners in solitary confinement. Their constitutional rights have been violated. I thought prisoners who nastily killed people and were deemed dangerous offenders have … Continue reading

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Remembering The Big ‘O’

“…Then all at once, he was standing there So sure of himself, his head in the air My heart was breaking, which one would it be? Then you turned around and walked away with me!” –the concluding crescendo of Roy … Continue reading

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Back to Grade 1: First Black and White Viewing

Used to watch on lunch-hours on our newly acquired black and white tv set. First tv series that fired my young male romantic imagination.

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On Control and Manipulation

(Author in his educator daze. Benevolent manipulation and control?) In 1972, I remember realizing, about halfway through my third year u modern American Literature course, that most, if not all of the selections, were about the theme of manipulation and control–a reflection … Continue reading

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Quotes by Sven Birkerts

(from The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age) -Language is the soul’s ozone layer and we thin it at our peril. -Serious reading is above all an agency of self-making. -Syntactic masonry is already a dying … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde on True Love

“If you want a red rose,” said the Tree, “you must build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with your own heart’s-blood. You must sing to me with your breast against a thorn.” …………………. “…for only a … Continue reading

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