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Lord Dunsany, The Curse of the Wise Woman. This 1933 novel has seen fewer reprints than most of Dunsany's earlier work, perhaps because it is not really a fantasy. Magic plays a central role in the book, but in the form of Irish folk wisdom, which encounters mechanized "progress" with drastic results. This is played out against a backdrop of Irish politics (involvement with which usually ends in death or imprisonment). Some of the most memorable scenes are of the young narrator's journeys on the bog, roaming through the heather and peat to hunt snipe.

Robertson Davies, Fifth Business. I've avoided Can lit for years, after being force-fed some dreary samples of it in university. Still, I am Canadian and the literature of my country should mean something to me. This book starts out with a thrown snowball and details the lifetime of events it sets in motion. Business, politics, conjuring and hagiography are woven into the intricate plot. Davies' fast-paced narrative never bores. I bought a one-volume edition of The Deptford Trilogy, and I'm sure I'll read the other two books before long.
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    In Calgary, Exploring the Cultural Side of ‘Cowtown’ (link is to The New York Times) Pretty good article, although I've never seen Calgarians…

  • Broken trees

    A few examples of trees broken by the accumulation of snow, as mentioned in my last post. The snow is gone, but the damage remains.

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    I drove around town today and was shocked at the number of trees that had been damaged by the heavy snowfall earlier in the week. It's too early in…

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