Saturday, September 01, 2012

Salman Rushdie on Film and Fiction

Salman Rushdie on the possibilities film has opened up for writers of fiction:
As a writer, one of the things we all learned from the movies was a kind of compression that didn't exist before people were used to watching films. For instance, if you wanted to write a flashback in a novel, you once had to really contextualize it a lot, to set it up. Now, readers know exactly what you're doing. Close-ups too. Writers can use filmic devices that we've all accepted so much that we don't even see them as devices any more.
To read the rest of the Globe & Mail interview from which the above quotation is drawn, click here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Tribute to Adrienne Rich at the Toronto Women's Bookstore

I'll be reading one of my favourite Adrienne Rich poems at the below event this evening. All are welcome to attend!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Talking About Adrienne Rich on the Radio

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of discussing the life and work of poet and activist Adrienne Rich with Michael Enright on CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition. You can listen to the segment, excerpted from the CBC podcast of the show, by clicking on the player below.

I have continued to read and reread Rich's awe-inspiring body of work in the intervening weeks, and I expect I'll post some reflections on particular poems and essays, and more broadly on her intertwining of poetry and politics, here soon.

Friday, April 06, 2012

L.M. Montgomery's Toronto Stomping Grounds

I had a lovely walk along the Humber River today. The snapshots below were all taken within a mile or so of L.M. Montgomery's Toronto house and, knowing how much she loved to walk among trees and beside water, I imagine that the places they depict were once her stomping grounds.