05w28:2 Darren O'Donell

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Good Reads Mailing List | 2005 week 26 number 2 (Darren O’Donnell)

What would a celebration of Canada, (via fireworks and an international rock concert) be without a case of provincialism, as in, ‘oh my gosh, the rest of the world is paying attention to us, and to one of our own’? In this case, Darren O’Donnell, who was recently interviewed by NY Press, and prompting this Darren O’Donnell edition of GR. Because many people on this list know Darren personally, we’re apt to take his talent for granted, so it’s nice to have this perspective available, and it seems worth sharing with those beyond the Canadian borders. – Timothy


Interview with Darren O’Donnell | Kate Crane
“Basically, I think the child/adult dichotomy is false and, ultimately, not healthy. Adulthood and the various layers of personality armour one has to adopt to function as an adult are, for the most part, a performance or a fiction. Adults are, ultimately, very childlike and, conversely, children are actually far more mature than most people are willing to acknowledge. So the children in the book are actually adults?composites of me and a few of my friends. The adults in the book barely exist. […] The one thing we tell children over and over is the virtue of sharing, and yet we live in this place that glorifies wealth, rewards greed, a place where the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. The adult is a mythical creature, as far as I?m concerned.”

Your Secrets Sleep with Me (Review) | Kate Crane
“This tale holds 101 compressed dramas; the resulting tension is as thick and refractive as DC air in August. Though Your Secrets critiques the global spread of America and the sprouting of police states, at its core the book explores the meaning of self, of our relationships with our bodies, the outside world and one another, down to a cellular level.”

Darren O’Donnell’s Suicide Guide to the City | Timothy Comeau
“One of the first projects of Darren’s I became aware of was The Talking Creature, where he basically got people to meet in Kensington Market’s park and chat. In light of Saul’s arguments, that seems to have been a very Canadian thing to do. And now, with Suicide Site Guide, that Canadian tradition favoring talk over text continues. Because, as I said earlier, the play is like a recited journal it reminds me of the fact that journals are now flourishing as a literary form through blogs.”

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