Author Archives: Francois Lachance

Hermeneutical Symmetries

I have been following the postings of José Angel García Landa at the Humanities Commons Narrative Theory and Narratology site. One posting brought me to rethink again the status of the relation between narration and description: https://narrativetheoryandnarratology.hcommons.org/2020/09/15/narrative-theory-wayback-machine/ To the temporal … Continue reading

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Wedged

In tracing a web site from a URL from a piece of ephemera, I realized that the effort to build a community of likemindedness routed itself via belief. But when I reviewed the inspiring words, they did not reference acts … Continue reading

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Galvanizing Jack

From the period following Jack Layton’s death: name sticker inviting the wearer to identify as believing in love, hope and optimism. In the New Democratic Party orange … The web site referenced by the URL is now defunct but parts … Continue reading

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National Temperaments

Waverley Root The Food of Italy “What is the basic difference between French and Italian cooking?” Enrico Galozzi, the noted Italian gastronomic expert, echoed my question. “French cooking is formalized, technical and scientific. Order Béarnaise sauce in 200 different French … Continue reading

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Lifting Lines, Shuffling Words, Plucking Strings

one of those haiku moments aided by the disposition of the longer text into couplets in the closet full of guitars and stomped hay Gillian Conoley “We Don’t Have to Share a Fate” from the book A Little More Red … Continue reading

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Banquet Hunger

Alan Jacobs Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind In his book Jacobs offers a reading of Kipling’s poem “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” Here are two extracts from Jacobs’s book that would … Continue reading

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Crumbs of Metadata

A habit I picked up from my parents: recycling paper by cutting up sheets with printing or writing on one side but blank on the other. The tearing up is meditative and bonus it creates a stack of slips great … Continue reading

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Masks

Akwaeke Emezi Pet But when realities diverged and you found yourself on a different path from people you used to share a path with … well. Masks were useful then; not quite lies, not quite truths. Just decisions about what … Continue reading

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Blind Spot: The Backstory on Night Writing

Naomi S. Baron Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World Touch is obviously a critical component of reading for people using Braille. Those raised dots representing letters of the alphabet have an interesting backstory. While it was … Continue reading

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Cues for Search and Rescue

rupi kaur the sun and her flowers on the particularities of nostalgia leaving her country was not easy for my mother i still catch her searching for it in foreign films and the international food aisle And so for day … Continue reading

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