What We See [in 2020 and beyond]

Welcome to my first blog post set after the events of Blade Runner, but still (thankfully) before the opening of Blade Runner 2049! Welcome to 2020! 2019 was a year of big things for me, and I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect and give thanks. In between finishing my undergrad atContinue reading “What We See [in 2020 and beyond]”

Summer 2019 – a retrospective

I’ve been thinking about time travel a lot lately. Not really because there’s any point I’d like to go back or forwards too especially. Recently I experienced jet lag from travel and came to the conclusion that the fourth dimension must have a sense of humour. Time plays tricks on us. We play tricks onContinue reading “Summer 2019 – a retrospective”

What We See in the Smoke

The world we know is coming to an end. How will we connect in the strange and frightening one that’s coming to take its place? What We See in the Smoke twists the genres of realism and science fiction to tell the future history of Toronto, a story that stretches from this millennium to the next.Continue reading “What We See in the Smoke”

The Simplica Girl Diaries in review

“Limitations so frustrating” (Saunders 126) writes the narrator of George Saunders’ The Semplica Girl Diaries. But the self-imposed limitations and restrictions Saunders impose on his writing make for a more interesting story, building its narrative out of disturbing incompleteness. Set in an unspecified but near future, Saunders communicates everything about his narrative through the sparse,Continue reading “The Simplica Girl Diaries in review”

Letters to a Young Poet in review

  The ten letters of Rainer Maria Rilke in correspondence with Franz Xavier Kappus that makeup Letters to a Young Poet offer little in the way of technical advice for writing. Rilke does not instruct on form; he does not comment on the use of language, or plot, or dialogue, or verse. However, what takesContinue reading “Letters to a Young Poet in review”

Theory of Adaptation in Review

Note: Over the next two months I will be writing a series of very short reviews of both critical work and fiction for a special project. As there is nothing more I plan to do with these short reviews, I thought it might be appropriate to post them here over the coming weeks, if onlyContinue reading “Theory of Adaptation in Review”

I’m Back! Upcoming Book announcement: What We See in the Smoke

Hello, world. Is this thing on? It has been almost an entire year since I last wrote a single blog post. I’ve been keeping things very tight-lipped, close to the chest. My thinking was that I should not discuss any ongoing projects that I wasn’t sure the world was going to see. So I vanishedContinue reading “I’m Back! Upcoming Book announcement: What We See in the Smoke”

The Ink-Stained-Wretch

It’s hard to say where the expression Ink-Stained-Wretch originates. Though I have found almost no reliable sources, at least one researcher told me in passing that the phrase comes from Canadian novelist Hugh Garner. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Deadeye Dick attributes it to Alexander Woollcott, but this is probably wrong as well. To great alarm, IContinue reading “The Ink-Stained-Wretch”