Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

Reader's Link - October 2008 Staff Picks Archive

Short Stories in a Northern Setting

Island: The Complete Stories

Title: Island: The Complete Stories
By: Alistair MacLeod

Modern Library named Canadian author Alistair MacLeod one of the greatest writers in the English language since 1950. After spending some time with this collection of stories, it is clear why.

These short stories, set for the most part in the stark but evocative landscape of Cape Breton Island, are beautifully written. They follow the lives and relationships of people who are bound to tradition and memory--lives that seem at first very simple but which are actually deeply complex. The stories bring together past and present, myth and reality, in a spellbinding setting. They are a treat for anyone who enjoys great writing.

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Posted by fatorangecat on Oct. 31, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.

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