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Thirteenth Issue
Volume 7, No. 1
 





features

O Mordecai, Where Art Thou?
By Juan Rodriguez


fiction

Quebecite: A Jazz Fantasia In Three Cantos
Reviewed by Kelly Murphy

A House By The Sea
Reviewed by Ian McGillis

The Speaking Cure
Reviewed by Mark Heffernan

The Applecross Spell
Reviewed by Eleni Zisimatos Auerbach

Universal Recipients
Reviewed by Eleni Zisimatos Auerbach

Black Bird
Reviewed by X.I. Selene

A Sunday At The Pool In Kigali
Reviewed by Edward R. Smith

Song For My Father
Reviewed by Mary Soderstrom

The Heart Is An Involuntary Muscle
Reviewed by Kim Bourgeois

Another Book About Another Broken Heart
Reviewed by Poppy Wilkinson

Without Cease The Earth Faintly Trembles
Reviewed by Jessica Ticktin


fiction at a glance

After All!
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Moosehead Anthology #9: Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour
Reviewed by Ian McGillis


non-fiction

Respectable Burial: Montreal's Mount Royal Cemetery
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Shoshanna's Story: A Mother, A Daughter, And The Shadows Of History
Reviewed by Elizabeth Johnston

Louis Riel
Reviewed by Philip Hawes

Tables For One: A Spanish Journal
Reviewed by Sarah Rosenfeld

Practice Imperfect
Reviewed by Joan Eyolfson Cadham

Ha! A Self-murder Mystery
Reviewed by Anne Cimon

Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages
Reviewed by Jill Rollins


non-fiction at a glance

Womankind
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

A Love Of Reading: The Second Collection
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Entering The War Zone: A Mohawk Perspective On Resisting Invasions
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Drive I-95: Exit By Exit Info, Maps, History And Trivia
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Crooked Smile
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Four Hundred Brothers And Sisters
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

After Notman: Montreal Views - A Century Apart
Reviewed by Ian McGillis



poetry

Snow Formations
Reviewed by Bert Almon

In The Worshipful Company Of Skinners
Reviewed by Bert Almon

Bamboo Church
Reviewed by Bert Almon

An Abc Of Belly Work
Reviewed by Bert Almon




young readers

Emma's Story
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

The Mole Sisters And The Fairy Ring
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

The Mole Sisters And The Way Home
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Learning With Animals
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Sink Or Swim
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Suki's Kimono
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Peter's Pixie
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

A Friend For Sam
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Sam's First Halloween
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Tales Of Court And Castle
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Think For Yourself: A Kid's Guide To Solving Life's Dilemmas And Other Sticky Problems
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Nellie Mcclung: Voice For The Voiceless
Reviewed by Carol-Ann Hoyte




Moosehead Anthology #9: Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour
Edited By Jon Paul Fiorentino
$15.95
paper 152 pp.
DC Books 0-919688-69-1
fiction at a glance


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New Document Humour in writing depends, to a large degree, on the element of surprise: a writer zapping you with an unexpected twist or bon mot. For that reason, collections of "humorous" writing are often problematic, since the mere applying of the label sets up stifling expectations. In Career Suicide!, Fiorentino gets around this conundrum by making quality, rather than any purported yuk factor, his main criterion. This is a wise move, because, as David McGimpsey says in his (very funny) introduction, "There's nothing as unfunny as trying to analyze humour."

So, let me be unfunny for a moment. Reading this collection of Canadian writers, nearly all under 40, three things strike me most. One is that sexual explicitness appears, nowadays, to be almost exclusively the domain of women writers. (Eva Moran, Anne Stone.) Another is that poetry just isn't as good a forum for humour as prose. Finally, it's remarkable how thin the line between laughter and tears can be. Stories by Nathaniel G. Moore, Valerie Joy Kalynchuk, and Hal Niedzviecki, for all their pop culture savvy and deadpan slacker tone, seem to teeter on the brink of despair.

Elsewhere, Andy Brown's "The Andy Brown Project," consisting of potted biographies of other (presumably real-life) people named Andy Brown, is a great idea but would have to be much longer to be really, really funny. And Mark Paterson's "Other People's Showers Or: No Soap Radio" is so good it will make you want to lock him inside so he'll finish his first novel faster.