Author Archives: Francois Lachance

A Lyrical Patch

Rachel RoseThirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit A moment of calm in an extended diatribe… Apples and truth, the faithful orchard,honeycomb and hive song. I like how the bees are present without being named. And so for day 315905.08.2015

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At Last

Mazisi Kunene“World Wisdom”The Ancestors & the Sacred Mountain How the body serves metaphor … What will come last will be the truthSince the beating of the heart outlastsThe nakedness of the bones. Lines that call for rereading to reach their … Continue reading

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How, What & Where

Donald Culross PeattieAn Almanac for Moderns“December Fifteenth” Three questions … three wishes. A philosopher with a biological turn of mind has to ask himself three questions. How does life do what it does? What is it made of and how … Continue reading

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Don McLeod Bookplate

Highlighted in a story about acquisition of German magazine by University of Toronto: [10 May 1933] The date when much gay-themed literature was burned in bonfires in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany appears on a bookplate in a hardcover issue … Continue reading

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Loop Behaviour & Representations

Brenda LaurelComputers as Theatre – Second Edition Representation as triggers for action (one senses the ghost of ideology critique) … [Page 212] Rob Tow says that the defining characteristic of an “entity” is that it demonstrates a “perception-representation-action” (PRA) loop … Continue reading

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Over the Moon

A detail from a calendar from the Dairy Farmers of Canada. I like how the image of the cow is positioned as jumping over the full moon. And so for day 315431.07.2015

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Divining the Dynamics

Italo Calvino“Cybernetics and Ghosts” [1967 lecture]The Uses of Literaturetrans. Patrick Creagh And so the author vanishes – that spoiled child of ignorance – to give place to a more thoughtful person, a person who will know that the author is … Continue reading

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By Night or By Day

Edgar Allan PoeEleonora Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Found on a Baci wrapper with versions in Italian, English, German and French. And so for day 315229.07.2015

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Looking by Listening to Names

Robin Wall KimmererGathering Moss Attentiveness alone can rival the most powerful magnifying lens. The essay goes on to consider the intimacy that informs attentiveness, an intimacy mediated by nomenclature. And so for day 315128.07.2015

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Writing the Not Writing

Anne BoyerWhat is ‘not writing’?Garments Against Women There are years, days, hours, minutes, weeks, moments, and other measures of time spent in the production of “not writing.” Not writing is working […] And so it begins and so it proceeds … Continue reading

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