Author Archives: Francois Lachance


Mieke Bal Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative Fourth Edition “Heterochrony” My choice of the term heterochrony is motivated by the emphasis on difference, rather than multiplicity only. Migration, a much-discussed topic of our time, is the exemplary situation … Continue reading

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Ecologies of Performance

Aram Saroyan – Crickets Two recordings: Exhibit A Performance of “Crickets” a poem by Aram Saroyan, during Other Minds Festival 23 – Sound Poetry: The Wages of Syntax. Recorded on April 9, 2018, at ODC Theater in San Francisco, California. … Continue reading

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phanopoeia > montage > creation

Images sometimes stay with one for a long while (e.g. this cover from a 2005 catalogue for Lee Valley) before they rhyme with another that opens up the imagination (the back cover of Stanley Tucci The Tucci table : cooking … Continue reading

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Three Stress Busters

1 ) Breathe 2 ) Reduce the number of goals I set including reducing the number of goals I set. 3 ) Smile And so for day 2861 12.10.2014

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Time, Transmission, Learning

Dear Friend, Thank you for the long view over the Montreal skyline into the landscape beyond. I, myself, tend to capture specimens in my own or “borrowed” gardens when out on walks. My long view is temporal. For some gardens … Continue reading

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ab ovo: social comforts and refinements

The Sayings of Poor Richard (Toronto: The British Educational Society, [nd]) reprints a biography from 1938 published by The Grolier Society Limited in which one reads: He never countenanced the accumulation of wealth for its own sake, but for its … Continue reading

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Banquet Hunger II

#picnic “Breaking bread with the dead is not a scholarly task to be completed but a permanent banquet, to which all who hunger are invited.” Alan Jacobs – Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil … Continue reading

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Out of Lurking

Roland Barthes towards the end of Criticism and Truth in the last section (“Reading”) translated by Katrine Pilcher Keuneman gives an account of four functions in the Medieval transmission of verbal artefacts: scriptor: who copies without adding anything compilator: who … Continue reading

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Ad Infinitum

Stanley Tucci Preface The Tucci Cookbook My family spends hours deciding what to make for a certain meal and days preparing it, and while the food is being eaten, discusses not only its merits and its faults, but what it … Continue reading

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Sweet Portmanteaux

Winnie the Pooh “Well,” said Owl, “the customary procedure in such cases is as follows.” “What does Crustimoney Proseedcake mean?” said Pooh. “For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.” Winnie L’ourson — Ma … Continue reading

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