One of the most obvious characteristics of Joyce Carol Oates, as a writer, is the combination of quantity and quality in her work. She’s published six novels, four collections of short stories, plays, and at least three volumes of poetry. She had won the O. Henry Prize Story Award before she was 30, was awarded the impressive National Book Award for her novel Them in 1970 and has been described as “the most significant novelist to have emerged in the U.S. in the last decade.”
Betty Jane Wylie’s article on widowhood, At The Heart Of A Loss (February), was refreshing reading. After so much of the downgrading of the institution of marriage which is current in every publication today, and with which our society is polluted, it is like a breath of fresh air to find someone honestly grieving for a beloved mate of 20 years.
The oil muffles the sound of the water and you don’t hear the splashes and ripples the ocean usually makes when it meets the shore. Maybe it was the silence that made it seem so menacing last September when the oil rolled into Caulfield Cove, a small inlet of rocky cliffs and pebbled shore in suburban West Vancouver.By FRANK LOW-BEER7 min
No one tells the truth about the world of ballet. Not in print at any rate. Not while the principals are still living. In contemporary pop culture it is the rock music and movie stars who carry the burden of sin and scandal. That is, we know them as artists, but also as human beings; venal, vulnerable, sometimes vicious.By JOHN HOFSESS7 min
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