Archive for the ‘Writers’ Category


A Review by B. Andrew Paskauskas, Toronto, April 7, 2015 On the back pack page of Where Seas and Fables Meet: …, we read that B.W. Powe is first and foremost a philosopher; followed by poet, novelist, and essayist. The ordering is fitting because here, in his latest contribution to world literature, Powe forges in […]



Marshall McLuhan and Tom Wolfe: both writers, both astute observers of modern humanity, and both public figures whose work has, over the years, enjoyed high fashionability and endured high unfashionability. You might think the connection between them ends there. But when the 100th anniversary of McLuhan’s birth and the centennial-celebrating site Marshall McLuhan Speaks came about, whose eloquent introduction […]



This is a powerful, beautiful book that blends parables, aphorisms, dreams, fantasies, ideas, anecdotes, witticisms, puns, vignettes, and prose poems in a meditative and often passionate way. It is a book that takes the risk of being free in its style and form, to affirm the possibilities of thought, spirit, heart, humour, and imagination. In […]



John Barrington Wain (14 March 1925 – 24 May 1994) This excerpt is taken from John Wain’s (1986) memoir, Dear Shadows: Portraits from Memory. London: John Murray, pp. 77 – 110.   Since this essay is about Marshall McLuhan, it is obvious what I am going to say next; that in these thick, shiny reviews I […]



Left to right : Sheila & Wilfred Watson, Marshall McLuhan Sheila Watson (1909 – 1998) first met Marshall McLuhan in 1956 at the University of Toronto, where she took a graduate school course with him, and later wrote a PhD thesis on Wyndham Lewis, under his supervision. She married Wilfred Watson and for the academic […]



Victoria College, University of Toronto, the Northrop Frye Centre, the University of Toronto Press and Pages Unbound present – A multimedia presentation & B.W. Powe in conversation with Journalist and McLuhan Biographer Philip Marchand Wednesday, October 15, 5 – 8 PM FREE Alumni Hall, Victoria College University of Toronto 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East Click […]



The Medium is the Muse [Channeling Marshall McLuhan] Oracle of the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan believed artists could wake us and offer new windows into the world. This diverse collection brings together twenty-nine poets, writers, and artists who channel McLuhan as both medium and muse. Like McLuhan’s work, this volume will delight, divert, provoke, incite […]



Jessica Pressman OUP USA Modernist Literature & Culture 240 pages | 20 halftones | 235x156mm 978-0-19-993710-3 | Paperback & Hardcover | 27 February, 2014 From the book’s Introduction:- McLuhan not only wrote at the midpoint of the twentieth century, but he is also himself  a midpoint between modernism and digital modernism. Donald Theall writes,” since the mid-point […]



My thanks to Adam Swick on his blog for making this information available. See http://tinyurl.com/opt28x4 The November 1967 issue of artscanada was a special issue on Canadian-born Wyndham Lewis, edited by Sheila Watson, Canadian novelist and University of Alberta English professor, whose doctoral dissertation, Wyndham Lewis and Expressionism was completed in 1965 under Marshall McLuhan’s supervision at […]



A publisher of a Cebu-based newspaper has been chosen to be the 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellow by the Embassy of Canada. A statement from the Canadian Embassy in Manila on Monday said veteran journalist Eileen G. Mangubat is “recognized for her noteworthy efforts to steer and maintain an independent and professional community press in Cebu.” […]