Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Sardine Can, Vancouver.

August 2017 This little dive in the heart of touristic Gastown has the happy characteristic of pouring your bottle of wine for a $20 corkage. On a warm August evening traversing the busy Powell-Water Street intersection there are a dozen … Continue reading

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Moving Kings. Joshua Cohen.

You or help you Cohen, Joshua. Moving Kings. Random House, New York, 2017. F;8/17. I ran across Cohen for the first time reading the New Yorker review of this novel. Critic James Wood called him a prodigious stylist, and concluded … Continue reading

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The Invisible Bridge. Julie Orringer.

Orringer, Julie. The Invisible Bridge. Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2010. F;8/17 Impressed by Orringer’s short stories, I tackled this wonderful Second World War novel. I wasn’t disappointed. The short stories’ tight solo emotional riffs seemed to grow in this … Continue reading

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When Breath Becomes Air. Paul Kalanithi.

Kalanithi, Paul. When Breath Becomes Air. Random House, New York. 2016. NF;7/17. I had a few mixed feelings about this very popular, and very good, book. I hope my swimming against the streams of sickness/death and the American physician isn’t … Continue reading

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