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  • Seasons of the Lake

    By Chris Galvin

    Smoke on the Water

    From the kitchen window, I could see the tall, ornamental grasses bowing their fluffy, white seed-heads to the ground. MORE >

Book Reviews

  • ‘The Family Fang’ by Kevin Wilson

    Reviewed by Melissa Steele

    Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang is an impressive first novel about the complicated and sinister ways life imitates art and art imitates life. The Fang parents are performance artists who value their art above all.  MORE >

  • Books That Review Themselves #2

    Patrick was standing there by a trash can surrounded with litter that a trio of crows were inspecting when his name was called. MORE >

  • ‘A World Elsewhere’ by Wayne Johnston

    Reviewed by Hubert O’Hearn

    Let us begin with a test. How do you react to the following?

    “He should write Van and tell him they had dined tonight on Sham Chowder, Lack of Lamb, Crazed Ham and Duck à Mirage. Steam of Mushroom Soup and Perish Jubilee.” MORE >

  • ‘Paying For It: A Comic-strip Memoir About Being a John’ by Chester Brown

    Reviewed by Lisa Pasold

    In 1999, Toronto cartoonist Chester Brown decided to try out being a john. He was tired of long-term monogamous relationships—never a reliable way of getting his rocks off—and he decided that paying for sex would at least be straightforward. MORE >