Monthly Archives: October 2011

Introducing Mona Gould

She interviewed Louis Armstrong, Irving Layton, and Eleanor Roosevelt. She held a mic toward the Andrew Sisters in the entrance to Honest Ed’s department store in Toronto. Later, on a visit to England, she discussed sculpture with Henry Moore. Mona … Continue reading

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Predictable disappointments

I just filed an obituary with the Globe & Mail and I’m already aware of something hovering nearby. It’s disappointment. Not mine, but the disappointment of one of my readers. The widow of the subject whose life I just described. … Continue reading

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Death of a homeless man

I’m not an unkind person. But I am a person who doesn’t like to be called “dear” by strangers and hates any reference to God jumping out at me as I stroll the streets in my neighbourhood. You should know … Continue reading

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No beast so fierce

No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. Richard III. 1. 2 Late yesterday afternoon I received a voice mail from the father of a young man I’m writing an obituary about. His voice sunk into me like … Continue reading

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David Sealy, PhD

I’m editing a PhD thesis for a student who is no longer living. He died within weeks of delivering the thesis to his advisor at the University of Toronto. It’s an eerie and painful thing to tamper with the highly … Continue reading

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Sitting-up mud

From Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. About life. About gratitude. About mud. Very Vonneguttian. (KV: November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, “Sit up!” “See all I’ve made,” said God, … Continue reading

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