Brian Fawcett is a Toronto-based writer.

For Those looking for our Olga Tokarczuk Post on the Corona Virus

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 April 18
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A few days ago, Merrily Weisbord sent me a piece written by Olga Tokarczuk about the Covid-19 crisis currently sweeping the world. A friend of Merrily’s, Jerzy Przytyk, had translated the piece using Google’s notoriously mechanical translation program.  What Tokarczuk had to say in the piece was interesting because she is Olga Tokarczuk, the author…

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Ken Belford RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 April 3
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Brian Fawcett’s obituary for poet Ken Belford, who died in February

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Graeme Gibson RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 March 31
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I didn’t know Graeme Gibson well, and for most of the time I was a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, I didn’t like him very much. Gibson was one of the Union’s founders and in a way, remained, to the end of his life, its primary living role model (the Union’s other role…

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Taking the Piss out of Donald Trump

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 November 7
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David Shields thinks Trump is missing an “inner life.” Brian Fawcett checks.

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Who in Hell Writes This Crap, Anyway?

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 9
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Brian Fawcett reads the jacket copy of a science fiction novel

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Billy Walsh, January 1944-July 2016 RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 6
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Brian Fawcett files his third obituary in the last little while. He’s more or less up to date with his personal version of the Grim Reaper’s activities. Or so he hopes.

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Wally Hourback, 1949-2017, RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 6
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 Late in the summer of 2017, Wally Hourback, a Canadian writer from North Bay, Ontario, and a man with whom I had a fifteen-year relationship that was entirely epistolary and editorial, died of heart failure. My relationship with Wally came about because of dooneyscafe.com, for which Hourback wrote occasional pieces, and which you know, if…

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Claus Spiekermann 1941-2015 RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 1
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    Claus Spiekermann and I tried to smuggle a car from Germany to Greece in the winter of 1963.  It didn’t go well, and we spent two weeks trapped by what people were calling the worst blizzard in 200 years. We got as far as Belgrade, then the capital of Yugoslavia. The blizzard eventually…

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Brett Enemark, 1948-2017, RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 October 12
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Brian Fawcett posts an obituary for–and something of an apology to–an old friend who died a few months ago.

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RIP Henry Hoekema

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 October 12
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A belated obituary for a man who deserved better than he got from life.

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