Author Archives: Francois Lachance

Advice & More Advice

Rachel RoseThirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit Only love. So critic be useful. Touch the body of work with  sure but careful hands. If the body is unlike your own, be  less sure and more careful. And so for day 316208.08.2015

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Three three-liners cannibalized from a longer manuscript: turning the bodyas gatecanal sunflower tarnishing a scarpaste diamondstaste bitter and the colours of flagsfade fasterthan bruises blush And so for day 316107.08.2015

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Composition and Conversation

From a letter to a friend … Camera in hand or not, would you consider the interplay of framing as a dance with the object of contemplation, a dance that supports remembering the object of contemplation? I am led […] … Continue reading

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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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