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Ink-Black Triptych

Today, life is fast. It vaporizes morals. Futility suits the postmodern, for words as well as things. Bur that doesn’t keep us from asking questions: how to live, and why?

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Verbals

A Neoliberalism Reading List

(Re)reading from first to last, as I have recently, Michel Houellebecq’s entire body of translated work leaves me in little doubt that he is the only novelist in the west truly capturing the pernicious effects on individuals living through this latest manifestation of capitalism, a neoliberalism whose influence reaches deep into notions of individualism and identity. 142 more words

Verbals

What We Once Knew As Life

I suspect that Houellebecq and Adorno would’ve enjoyed a bottle of wine together, grumbling together about the invasion of market relations into every corner of human existence. 41 more words

20th Century

Traces of Individuality

It is wrong to pretend that human beings are unique, that they carry within them an irreplaceable individuality; as far as I was concerned, at any rate, I could not distinguish any trace of such an individuality.

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Fiction

I now have a cover for my novel

This has been a particularly exciting week in the life of my novel, Blind Spot. The super-talented Michel Vrana, who also created covers for Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues and for Jian Ghomeshi’s 1982, has produced what is in my opinion a fabulous design. 342 more words

Writing

#FridayReads for 3/14/14

Daniel Poirier (Creative Director) is reading The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq.

One of Houellebecq’s greatest strengths as a writer is a seemingly unlimited number of lenses that he uses to telescope the reader’s distance from any given passage. 606 more words

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