Writing about a city which has been the subject of not just modern literary narratives but of the subcontinent’s centuries-old erudite Urdu and Persian poets such as Ghalib, Mir and Amir Khusrow, could not have been easy. With diverse characters — from rich businessmen to aspirational, middle-class youth working and call-centre agents, Dasgupta manages to foreground, in original ways, Delhi’s transformational and often contradictory modernity.
Simon Hughes and Mario Doucette at Division Gallery
A Rover review of David Fincher’s Gone Girl
Chih-Chien Wang reveals his Distance to the Sea in his nuanced and delicate exhibit at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.
A sparkling production of David Ives’ Tony Award-winning Venus in Fur launches Centaur Theatre’s 46th season. This turbo-charged backstage comedy has audiences rising to their feet in rapture.
Almost an unknown in the English speaking world, Patrick Modiano recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work which is inspired by disappearance, memory, and the German occupation of Paris. Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier, his most recent book, is an enigmatic, puzzling look at childhood memories with a surprising ending.
A review of Celia’s Song, by Lee Maracle (Cormorant Books)
Two of Quebec’s top filmmakers have turned out major movies about difficult boys and neglectful parents. Mommy overwhelms. Boychoir goes for the heart.
In Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland, the crusty hero clings to the old Rock with an irrational tenacity. Sweetland is populated with vivid, distinctly drawn characters: Queenie Coffin, a chain-smoking agoraphobic who sits by the window of her house reading romance novels, the wild Priddle brothers, Irish twins who make piles of money in Fort Mac and then come home to drink it all away and the aptly named Loveless and his unfortunate cow.
Cult actress and writer Cookie Mueller is celebrated in Chloe Griffin’s book Edgewise
A new gallery exhibit at the Parisian Laundry finds artists making merry over art pieces devoted to food.
Montreal’s legendary documentary filmmaker will be feted with a retrospective at this year’s Festival du nouveau cinéma
Anna Leventhal’s Sweet Affliction has Montreal flipped on its tête – one in which Moving Day is mandatory and sanctioned by the province, one in which Hasidic Jews interact socially with their non-Orthodox neighbours, and one in which the Hippodrome is the set of a twisted reality show where illegal immigrants vie for citizenship.
The award winning 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction had Shakespearean aspects in it that didn’t seem to be noticed at the time. And yet the cross section of characters, the mixture of tragedy and comedy, the poetic musings of underlings, and nearly everyone dying by the end – it’s hard to get more Shakespeareth than that.
Back then it was only him, a loop pedal and a violin on a makeshift stage playing to a sparse crowd of nerdy teens including myself. My only night as a Cool Teenager.