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In Michel and Ti-Jean, a young Michel Tremblay travels to Florida to meet an aging Jack Kerouac, and the two hash out their shared cultural background, their hopes, and their hang-ups. In the words of reviewer Alexandria Haber,
By the end of the first act we realize that Tremblay didn’t ride the bus for a couple thousand kilometers simply to pay homage to his literary hero. He came to ask him to read his play. If Kerouac thinks it’s a good play, then Tremblay will believe it’s a good play. Tremblay will believe he is a real writer.
Playwright George Rideout has masterfully captured the voices of these two beloved writers, and offers a funny and touching rendering of their aspirations and failures as we can only imagine these men might have felt about them. Read the review online.
Reviewer Nikki Shaffeeullah writes that David Fennario’s anti-war, one-woman play, Motherhouse, “is more a poetic political essay told through a theatrical character than it is a theatrical exploration of character involving political themes.”
It paints a picture of working-class Verdun during World War I and the impact the war had on the community, particularly the women at home, left to labour in the British Munitions Supply Factory. Our narrator is a woman named Lillabit, although it seems Fennario’s true protagonist is the city of Verdun, itself a tragic hero of the Great War, and a site of warfare
All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.
On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.Thursday February 9, 2017 in Meta-Talon
From 1988 until the end of 2016, Salt-Water Moon was in print with its original yellow cover, which featured now-outdated type design and a production still from one of the original productions of this sweet play. Now, as the play experiences something of a revival, and as the book goes into its eighth printing, we are pleased to show off the newly redesigned cover of Salt-Water Moon.
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