Mr. Rambally and His Rambler

In the eleventh grade I moved to a new town; I didn’t know anyone, but I started at a new high school, and I was still fit enough to cycle around the neighborhood. I decided to cycle in the direction I’d seen a cute girl in my class walk home, as a way of choosing […]

The Gate

Have you ever listened to that Belle & Sebastian song, The Gate? If you haven’t, here’s a chance… ] There’s something so sad, and yet also so hopeful about this song. I don’t mean just the lyrics, I mean there is something about the music. As I walked around downtown tonight, lost in my thoughts, […]

Scary Love Cartoon

One of the first friends I ever made in Korea sent me this cartoon, instructing me to send it to whichever girl I like best. I decided not to send it to the girl I like best because that girl already knows my feelings, and because, well, this cartoon is really quite scary. Isn’t it? […]

Another Man Down…

Hugh Kenner is dead. I remember reading a lot of his The Pound Era when I was studying modernist lit with Andre Furlani at Concordia University. Kenner was probably the most interesting and evocative literary scholar whose work I’d ever studied. It made Pound’s world, and the world of his cohorts, so lucid for me, […]