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The Liberal Imagination. Lionel Trilling.

Trilling, Lionel. The Liberal Imagination. New York Review, 1950. NF; 7/18. Unless we insist that politics is imagination and mind, we will learn that imagination and mind are politics, and of a kind we will not like. Lionel Trilling, Partisan … Continue reading

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Orto, North Vancouver.

June 2018 This little restaurant in a nondescript part of North Vancouver is a real find. It’s a mother and son operation, everyone there continental French but the cuisine pretty well entirely Italian. “Why would French people serve Italian food?” … Continue reading

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The Educated Imagination. Northrop Frye.

Frye, Northrop. The Educated Imagination (CBC Massey Lectures). Anansi, Toronto. 1963. NF; 5/18. Frye was a giant in literary criticism at the time of my early adult fascination with literature. His ideas about myths and the imagination at that time … Continue reading

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Warlight. Michael Ondaatje.

Ondaatje, Michael. Warlight. Knppf, New York, 2018. F;5/18. This Canadian writer has been one of my favourites. I highlighted his Cat’s Table among the dozen or so of my likes since starting recording book reviews because he writes with  the … Continue reading

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The Alexandria Quartet. Lawrence Durrell.

Durrell, Lawrence. The Alexandria Quartet. Faber and Faber, London, 1962. F;4/18. Rereading part of this set of four novels from the 1960s reminds me of revisiting Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me from the same era, … Continue reading

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Vij’s, Vancouver.

May 2018. They say the best Italian restaurant is no longer in Italy, it’s in New York. And there are critics who have called Vij’s one of the best Indian restaurants in the world even though it’s in Vancouver. Our experience … Continue reading

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With Wings Like Eagles. Michael Korda.

Korda, Michael. With Wings Like Eagles. HarperCollins, New York. 2009. NF; 5/18. As soon as I finished Korda’s other World War II book Alone I moved on to this one, interested to see the same kind of detail applied to … Continue reading

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