Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

This, the first read of the New Year proves that everything doesn't have to be at the speed of light in order to have presence and worth. It reads as multilayered modern language with a poetic heart. Passages, especially those you may most identify with, are so chunkily filled with concepts, observations and experiences to …

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Another place

Those who have gone there agree that it is exceptional! And that it reaches far above and beyond the more general feeling of well-being or cozy comfort that you might experience while sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book or snuggled between freshly laundered sheets. Even its source both …

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The Bookseller’s Tale by Martin Latham

Where can you find Paolo Sarpi and Mick Jagger, the earliest book peddlers and Nazi's, comfort reads and medieval marginalia, bouqinistes and UNESCO bookstalls, shy nerds and arrogant pedants? The answer is...in Martin Latham's book. Not only is the subject matter varied, but so too is the wide variety of characters you meet along the …

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1989

That summer of 1989 was distinguished by a philosophy of carpe diem and a Faustian desire to learn. We were young. We were far from home. Everything was possible. “Come on! We are going to be late,” yelled Gianna grabbing her book bag a clementine, my arm and dragging me down the stairs and out …

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories

I read Haroun and the Sea of Stories recently (the book however is 30 years old) and it smacks of right now even after all this time. The author, all those years ago, wrote this fantastical tale for his eleven year old son Zafar. Don't be fooled, though, into thinking it is in any way …

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A forever bond

She in her play pen trying to escape and me in my high chair cheering her on. Wobbly but determined she would grip the edge of the play pen and thrust her little body back and forth back and forth whilst I joined in by kicking my legs out, squealing and throwing food. Silver tinsel …

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Fiction therapy

During the past five months of change, I have turned to books and movies for their cerebral sustenance and the comforting familiar ritual they provide. Amidst all the tumult and unknown variables, having books around me offers the same feeling of protection as a big strong hug. At the end of days replete with antagonistic …

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An Italo Canadian way of talking

The citations below are all true and come from our family's collection of Italianisms/Canadianisms and plain goofy but effective communication. They are retold with affection and admired for their comedic value even all these years later. Location: Toronto, Canada between 1953 and 2009 Encyclopedia Salesman: Good morning Madam, may I introduce you to the world …

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