Author Archives: Francois Lachance

Sails: White and Blue

These concluding lines from Linda Pastan “Last Rites” Paris Review Issue no. 207 (Winter 2013) What’s left is a blur of sky where the weather rehearses its own finales. What’s left is blue emptiness behind the white sail of the … Continue reading

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Slip Sliding

John Berger on Cy Twombly as quoted by Peter Schwenger Asemic: The Art of Writing (p. 49) He doesn’t see language with the readability and clarity of something printed out. He sees it, rather as a terrain full of illegibilities, … Continue reading

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Loving the Loafer

James Thurber “The Courtship of Arthur and Al” Fables for Our Time They are two beavers. One is industrious and constantly working; the other, eats, swims and plays. The one “died without ever having had a vacation in his life.” … Continue reading

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Picnic Spread

Alain Le Foll illustrator. French Favourites (1969) Two page spread from a small (67 p. ; 15 cm.) but enticing cookbook. Many of the illustrations like the recipes themselves open expansive spaces beyond the borders of the page. And so … Continue reading

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One Two Three Tao

Ursula K. Le Guin Comment on #16 Returning to the Root in her translation of the Tao Te Ching To those who will not admit morality without a deity to validate it, or spirituality of which man is not the … Continue reading

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The Rules of Play

Kate Raworth “Get Savvy with Systems” Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist Worth quoting at length this capsule history of the Monopoly board game. The game’s inventor, Elizabeth Magie, was an outspoken supporter of Henry … Continue reading

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Counting What Counts

Kate Raworth Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist I like the shift from the spoken to the thought captured in a neat tricolon: Economics is the mother tongue of public policy, the language of public … Continue reading

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Timed Twined

egg-bearing time knitting a nest from another time le temps ovipare nidification d’un autre temps I first came to these lines and attempted a translation through the work of Tara Collington. “Le nid du temps : le chronotope créateur dans … Continue reading

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Cookbook Store Ephemera

One I used to frequent. And one I would enjoy to visit. I do like the rolling pin shape of the Books for Cooks marker. And so for day 2876 27.10.2014

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Amateurs and Authorities

Edward Said, Reith Lectures 1993: Representations of an Intellectual Lecture 4: Professionals and Amateurs Broadcast: 2 August 1993 – BBC Radio 4 http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rmhttp/radio4/transcripts/1993_reith4.pdf The final paragraphs — inviting us to think about authority and audience: Therefore, the problem for the … Continue reading

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