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By George Fetherling

Chosen from hundreds of thousands of pages of the day-by-day journals of George Fetherling - the inexhaustible novelist, poet, and cultural commentator - The Writing existence unearths an astute and candid observer of his contemporaries in addition to himself. hundreds and hundreds of figures within the arts and public lifestyles crisscross the pages of Fetherling's journals, from Margaret Atwood and Marshall McLuhan, to Gwendolyn MacEwen and Conrad Black. The booklet starts in mid-1970s Toronto, a time of cultural ferment, and includes directly to Vancouver and a brand new century. an enthralling and intimate narrative, The Writing lifestyles presents a compelling portrait of the final 3 a long time of Canadian cultural existence.

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1946), magazine journalist. indb 27 2013-02-08 10:48:45 1980 A book I edited as a tribute to my friend George Woodcock, the Vancouver manof-letters, finally appeared as A George Woodcock Reader after being rejected, with agonising slowness, by various publishers. I pushed on with other literary projects, thanks in part to two Ontario Arts Council grants totalling $3,500.  My health overall is good, though I’m fighting off the residual effects of old abuses: a process easily mistaken for acute hypochondria.

1944), China correspondent of the Globe and Mail, 1977–79; later, editor of Saturday Night and master of Massey College, University of Toronto. 4 friday, 4 april / toronto The Canadian scene in the 1970s: somewhat like the Grubstreet of Ned Ward’s time when private patronage had been half supplanted by potboiling. 5 My speech staccato.  We’re all in this mess together.  There are still some surprises left … At first glance the city is all white, practically a breeding farm for stewardesses.  “We haven’t even got Dutch elm disease yet,” 4 Paul Hellyer (b.

My main interest in reading biography and the more journalistic sort of literary study has been to learn about the minutiae of public careers.  I’ve even perceived some changes in myself as reflected in the approach to such books; as I get older, I skip the childhoods in biographies; there’s nothing to be learned in these passages that I haven’t already learned by error.  The ads claim some of the dollar machines are set for 95 per cent return; in Canada or the States this statement would be enough to bring charges under advertising laws.

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