Belles Lettres

Articles, essays, literary essays, and book reviews long and short.



Selected Essays and Articles

A Canadian Author in Chelsea: Sara Jeannette Duncan.” The Chelsea Society Report 2013: 33-41.

“Beauty in the Complexity of the Brain.”
A review of the Wellcome Collection exhibition, “Brains, the Mind as Matter.” Canadian Medical Association Journal 15 May 2012: 925.

“Keeping Body and Soul Together.”
Descant 132 Entering the Other: the World of Barbara Gowdy (Spring 2006): 59-63.

Unfit to Live.” The Left Atrium,
Canadian Medical Association Journal 14 September 2004; 171 (6): 619-620.

“Promotion and Paradox: On Literary Interviews.” Paragraph (Summer 1998): 11-14.

“Pushkar’s Camel Bazaar.” The Toronto Star 30 August 1997: G1, G12.

“Laurence of Africa.” Paragraph (Summer 1994): 9-13.

“Cultural Representations.” Field Notes. Books in Canada (March 1993): 6-7.

“Air of Oppression in Kenya.” The Gazette [Montreal] 24 August 1991: J3, J5.

“Kenyan Writing Goes Far Beyond Out of Africa.” The Gazette [Montreal] 9 Feb. 1991: I4.

Interview with Mavis Gallant. Rubicon 4 (1984-85): 150-182. Rpt. So to Speak: Interviews with Contemporary Canadian Writers, ed. Peter O’Brien. Montréal: Véhicule Press, 1987: 250-282.

Selected Reviews

“More Terrifying to Stay: A Review of D.W. Wilson’s Ballistics.Numéro Cinq Magazine 4.10 (October 2013).

Review of Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa. Canadian Writers Abroad 4 June 2013.

“Tragically Disproportionate: A Review of Jon McGregor’s This Isn’t the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You.” Numéro Cinq Magazine 3.26 (September 2012).

Rev. of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. Canadian Medical Association Journal 16 October 2012: 1719.

Rev. of The Chrome Suite by Sandra Birdsell. Paragraph 15.1 (Summer 1993): 30-31.

“Bad Guys Wear White in Nigerian Novel.”  Rev. of The Famished Road by Ben Okri. The Gazette [Montreal] 23 Nov. 1991: J6.

Rev. of  Stories by Canadian Women.  Edited by Rosemary Sullivan.  Room of One’s Own 10.2 (1985): 98-101.

“The Elusive Ideal.”  Rev. of The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan. Brick 24 (1985): 24-26.

 Rev. of Death Suite by Leon Rooke. Quill & Quire (November 1981): 24.

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