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Geist - - Miscellany -

I had to write and say that, of the many, many hours of plea­sure I’ve had read­ing Geist, few things have been more de­light­ful than “Shady Char­ac­ters,” Mary Schendlinger’s tale of strug­gling to edit a bun­gled trans­la­tion (Geist 102). I worked in French to English trans­la­tion for years and I just love this piece. “A text I couldn’t en­ter,” yes, in­deed. Rien plus penible. Does the eye re­coil first or the brain? Thank you for more amuse­ment than a bar­rel of singes.

—Julie Van­der­voort, Hal­i­fax

Thank you for send­ing me an ex­tra is­sue of your mag­a­zine—no. 103— even though my sub­scrip­tion had ex­pired. While I’ve en­joyed read­ing Geist over the last cou­ple of years, none of the is­sues has im­pressed me as much as this one. The pho­toes­say by Ter­ence Byrnes is re­mark­able in its sen­si­tive treat­ment of a place and time, and the peo­ple therein. Pow­er­ful, fa­mil­iar pho­to­graphs. The is­sue is filled with all sorts of other gems. I’ve par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the po­ems by Eve­lyn Lau and Louise Bernice Halfe. Ex­cel­lent cover art by Bran­don Con­stans. I’m not usu­ally sus­cep­ti­ble to mar­ket­ing ploys, but in this case, I may just have to re­new my sub­scrip­tion! —Suzanne Chi­as­son, Van­cou­ver

APROPOS OF…

Progress. Tis­dale, Saskatchewan, has changed its slo­gan from “The Land of Rape and Honey”—rape re­fer­ring to rape­seed, also known as canola, the town’s main ex­port—to “Op­por­tu­nity Grows Here” after years of com­plaints.

Grav­ity. Sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered that the Hudson Bay re­gion has less grav­i­ta­tional pull than the rest of the world be­cause the mas­sive ice sheet that cov­ered the area dur­ing the last ice age melted and the Earth is still re­bound­ing from the ab­sent weight.

Sig­nage.

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