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Autostrada Downtown, Vancouver.

March 2019. This restaurant, for which there is a sister near Main and 33rd, is in the location of the former Cinara at Pender and Homer Street. It’s a very nice room on a corner with large windows looking out on … Continue reading

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Your Face in Mine. Jesse Row.

Row, Jesse. Your Face in Mine. Silverhead, New York, 2014. F;03/19 This is another novel picked up through being impressed with a short story in a periodical. Row’s Radical Sufficiency in Granta was about high school kids fooling around with … Continue reading

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Glowbal, Vancouver.

March 2019. I’ve driven and walked past the front of this very fancy-looking Telus Garden location dozens of times, and always wondered what the Glowbal flagship restaurant was going to be like. High-end? High-class? Sumptuous décor? Spectacular food? We went … Continue reading

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American Nations. Colin Woodard.

Woodard, Collin. American Nations. Penguin, New York, 2011. NF;2/19. A friend lent me this book in paper form and I started it worrying that I’d have trouble getting all the way through. But no problem, it’s fascinating, takes a creative … Continue reading

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The Heavens. Sandra Newman.

Newman, Sandra. The Heavens. Grove press, New York, 2019. F;2/19. I was put off early in this story by somebody having a dream that felt like those highly-computerized animated adventure stories much beloved of ten-year-olds of all ages: Harry Potter … Continue reading

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Impossible Views of the World. Lucy Ives.

Ives, Lucy. Impossible Views of the World. Penguin Random House, New York, 2017. F;02/19. Lucy Ives’s short story Bitter Tennis in Granta online recently really got my attention. There were dreamy elements of Murakami, some of the charm of the … Continue reading

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At the End of the Century. Ruth Jhabvala.

Jhabvala, Ruth. At the End of the Century. Counterpoint, Berkeley, 2017. F;2/19. I came across this collection of short stories and their author through my usual pattern of reading periodicals and chasing down the original work. In the January 7, … Continue reading

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