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
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.