Brian Fawcett is a Toronto-based writer.

The (Good) Trouble With David Shields

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 August 20
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David Shields’ The Trouble with Men. It ain’t self-help, says Brian Fawcett.

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A moment With Dostoyevsky, James Wood, and an obscure Hungarian Writer

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 August 6
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Brian Fawcett recalls something he discovers about how Dostoyevsky wrote dialogue that leads him to take a swing at James Wood, (the critic, not the actor)

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Norm Sibum and the Poetry of “Flaneurism”

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 July 21
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Brian Fawcett reads Norm Sibum’s new volume of verse. He thinks Sibum is a skilled poet, but….

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Kindly People Who Feed Squirrels: A Rant

By Brian Fawcett / 2020 June 19
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Brian Fawcett isn’t fond of people who feed peanuts to squirrels. Here’s why.

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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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