Franklin’s Folly: A Winter’s Tale

Cultures and societies live by myths and legends — narratives that tell us who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.  Think of America’s Wild West lore, its straight-shooting, take-charge cowboy persona that’s touched the psyche of millions. Other grand narratives speak of failure and calamity; they inspire us with their breathtaking idiocy.…

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Carole Reads!

Here’s a “heads-up” for all of you who live in the Toronto area (and even if you don’t!): I’ll be reading brand-new work at a Novella Night as part of the popular WordStage Reading Series. More soon, but save the date: Wednesday, December 14th . Things get rolling at 7.30 pm, at the New Dooney’s…

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Occupy Us All

I’m sorry to see the stalwarts of the Occupy movement kicked out of their encampments. Not because I thought they could change the world by reinventing it on a small patch of grass — I didn’t. Not because I thought they should seize property to which they had no legal claim — in a capitalist…

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New Brooms (2)

Faced with the protests of Occupy Wall Street (and its offshoots), we’re all a bit like the illiterate folks in the Middle Ages who had to “read” the great narratives of human existence in the stained glass windows of the local cathedral. Not that I’d compare New York’s Zuccotti Park to Chartres, but the small…

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