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Monday, 21 June 2010

Magazine Part-ay!

As displayed in Rory's recent summer equinox blog post, our magazine shelf is now much more prominent in the D+Q store. Sitting proudly next to the cash are many many magazines, including several new arrivals.

Here are some of the new titles:

BRICK 85

Brick is a contemporary literary journal, publishing essays and stories from many stimulating, creative, and prominent writers. Issue eighty-five includes a conversation between Zadie Smith and Eleanor Wachtel, Carl Wilson paying tribute to Montreal hero Kate McGarrigle (the cover girl), a letter from Argentine novelist Julio Cortazar written to the Spanish director, Luis Bunuel, and a fantastic story by local writer Sean Michaels (of music blog Said the Gramaphone), detailing his experience in Paris with the mysterious underground activities of French rebels.

Taddle Creek

Taddle Creek, a Toronto-based literary magazine, has come out with it's Out-of-Towners issue, presenting contributions from many non-Torontonian Canadian writers and artists. Of the Montreal-based articles, Sarah Gilbert contributes an essay which includes excerpts from her blog Mile Endings, where she writes of the cultural diversity and happenings of the Mile-End neighbourhood. Another killer article discusses the disroboto machines in Montreal, cigarette machines that have been transformed to dispose of art instead of smokes. For $2, one can receive a small book, a cassette, a short film, photography, or even buttons and finger puppets. A steal!

Border Crossings

Canadian art magazine Border Crossings kicks off its latest issue with a dark cover by Marcel Dzama. The magazine includes a detailed interview with Dzama, an essay on an artist recreating images of a 1968 chess match between John Cage and Marcel Duchamp, as well as an article on the difficulty of curating exhibitions in an increasingly multicultural arena and the contradictions that arise in doing so.

Hunter and Cook 06


The fairly new and ever improving Canadian art magazine Hunter and Cook presents their sixth issue just in time for some delightful summer reading. The magazine is full of beautiful photographs and images of paintings, interviews with artists, and reviews of important Canadian exhibitions. Of the exhibitions reviewed is David Armstrong Six's show "The Dry Salvages" earlier this year at the Parisian Laundry in Montreal. I'm still hanging my head in shame that I missed the show. Bad Chantale! Anyways. The magazine's contents are quite varied and diverse, so there's sure to be something inside for everyone.

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