Monthly Archives: July 2017

Do I Make Myself Clear? Harold Evans.

Evans, Harold. Do I Make Myself Clear? Little, Brown, New York, 2017. NF;7/17. Authors of books on writing take on two things: telling us how to write well, and showing us. Sir Harold Evans at nearly 90 is one of the most … Continue reading

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How to Breathe Underwater. Julie Orringer.

Orringer, Julie. How to Breathe Underwater. Vintage, New York, 2003. F;7/17. Another great collection of short stories. This author paints chaotic canvases that command attention to their primary emotional colours. Family conflict, disorder, guilt, revenge, spiritual responsibility, and sly threats … Continue reading

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So Much Blue. Percival Everett.

Everett, Percival. So Much Blue. Greywolf, Minneapolis, 2017. NF; 7/17. This is a charming story, and it changed me. Percival Everett is quite a guy: 61 years old, distinguished English lit professor at USC, author of over a dozen novels … Continue reading

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Gotham Steak House and Bar, Vancouver.

July 2017. My friend Henry and I have a tradition we call “carnivore’s dinner” around Christmas. So far we have always gone to Hy’s here in town because we are being conservative (in my case trying it on, in his … Continue reading

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Hero of the Empire. Candice Millard.

Millard, Candice. Hero of the Empire. Doubleday, New York, 2016. NF; 7/17. This history of the early adult life of Winston Churchill didn’t have what I took to be its expected effect on me. I wasn’t (as some of the … Continue reading

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