Author Archives: Francois Lachance

It Times Take – a Turn

Sara Ahmed Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others The sentence arrests: It times take, but this work of inhabitance does take place. [p. 11] It evokes a double take because of the interference of the idiomatic “it takes time”. But if … Continue reading

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In Imagination We Wander

Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking edited by Duncan Minshull Passing, glimpsing, everything seems accidentally but miraculously sprinkled with beauty, as if the tide of trade which deposits its burden so punctually and prosaically upon the shores of Oxford Street … Continue reading

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Memorable Monologue on Memory

Still Alice (2014) Dr. Alice Howland: Good morning. It’s an honor to be here. The poet Elizabeth Bishop once wrote: ‘the Art of Losing isn’t hard to master: so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that … Continue reading

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Ash Aloft

Lindsay Remee Ahl: (“Hidden Flame” in The Southern Review, Summer 2018) I was ash in the wide sky. François Lachance: I was awash in the wide sky I think the wash comes from the very painterly presences in this lyric. … Continue reading

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D Q & R

Today’s entry is brought to you by the letters, D, Q & R. Bertrand Russell The Good Citizen’s Alphabet illustrations by Franciszka Themerson DIABOLICAL – Liable to diminish the income of the rich QUEER – Basing opinions on evidence RATIONAL … Continue reading

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I Wonder About Andrew Wyeth

Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking Edited by Duncan Minshull contains Richard Jefferies “The Inevitable End of Every Footpath” The surface of mowing-grass is indeed made up of so many tints that at first glance it is confusing; and hence, … Continue reading

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A Cat Named Hero

Meet Hero The mascot of the Center for the Art of Translation (CAT) https://www.catranslation.org Here is a depiction embellishing a banner Hero supplies the perfect anchorage for a visual mnemonic. And so for day 2486 03.10.2013

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The Time It Takes

Julia Cooper The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy When you are pressured to get over grief in a timely fashion, time itself begins to feel restrictive, like the tightening straps of a straitjacket that draw your arms … Continue reading

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Haikus for Aliens: Picture Books

The Guardian interviews Cressida Cowell, Children’s Laureate https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/12/cressida-cowell-childrens-laureate-how-to-train-your-dragon […] Her ultimate aim is to get children “as excited about reading and books as they are about films and telly”. “Because – I’ll just hit you with it,” she says, leaning … Continue reading

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Quoting the Quotation, Simply

Zhu Xiao-Mei Bach – The French Suites BWV 812-817 from the back of the CD case It is with children in mind that I recorded these French Suites, always having heartfelt simplicity and purity in their mind. Children see the … Continue reading

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