Paul Martin: Street 'urchins,' London, UK, 1893 (Courtesy: www.phaidon.com)

Charles Dickens on Homelessness

In essay XIII of The Uncommercial Traveller, Charles Dickens writes of the prevalence of homelessness, as it was found in the London of 1860. The essays that formed the book were drawn from essays written for his weekly periodical All the Year Round, which had a circulation as high as 300,000. London at the time…

The Duende of Tetherball – Tim Bowling

THE DUENDE OF TETHERBALL by Tim Bowling Nightwood Editions 2016 79 pages Federico García Lorca, in his 1933 Buenos Aires lecture, The Theory and Play of the Duende, in A.S. Kline’s translation, writes of “Goethe, who in speaking of Paganini hit on a definition of the duende: ‘A mysterious force that everyone feels and no…

Art Amongst the Alien Corn

  Somerset Maugham made a success of being a writer. So successful that as a novelist he was able to renounce his first profession as a physician, as a playwright able to leverage the early twentieth-century mania for plays in London, as a short story writer earn enormous sums from publishers and periodicals, as an investor…

My Moment with Proust – From Swann’s Way IV

A sliver of Casablanca recently had come to Robson Street in Vancouver’s West End, where I live. In the guise of a small restaurant owned and manned by a polyglot Moroccan chef who had wound his way from Marrakech through Italy, Germany, Montréal, Edmonton, to Vancouver, and, en route, acquired Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and…