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This Magazine recommends you read Monoceros

By Jessica Rose
This Magazine
May 1 2011

After Patrick Furey, a heartbroken and bullied gay student, hangs himself in his bedroom, there is no minute of silence, no special assembly. Instead, his school's closeted principal forbids staff to share any information, fearing a teen suicide would damage the school's reputation and possibly spawn copycats. Furey's death may happen in the first few pages of Suzette Mayr's fourth novel, but it echoes from cover to cover. His empty desk forces students and staff to contemplate the finality of his death, and the fact that they hardly knew the troubled student at all.

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Coach House Books: source of CanLit's suffering fetish?

The latest issue of This Magazine features an amusing article on Canadian Literature's obsession with pain and suffering, with special attention to the work of Michael Ondaatje.

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This Magazine reviews Social Acupuncture

By Peter McCamus
This Magazine
Sept/Oct 2006

Part aesthetic manifesto, part play script, and all provocation, Social Acupuncture demands and rewards your critical attention. In his latest book, Darren O'Donnell takes aim at the timidity and irrelevance of theatre (endless restagings of Shakespeare are dealt a particularly harsh blow) and the naïveté of "fun" and "feel good" artistic gestures toward utopia.

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