Posts Tagged ‘literature’


By Peter Robb, The Ottawa Citizen For three decades the University of Toronto was the home of two towering intellects: Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye. It was, according to B.W. Powe, whose 2014 book Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy (University of Toronto Press) followed their careers, a special time and place in […]



Judith Fitzgerald, a celebrated Canadian poet known locally [in Windsor, Ontario] as an “honorary Windsorite,” has died. According to an obituary, Fitzgerald passed away suddenly but peacefully at the age of 63 in her northern Ontario home on Nov. 25. Over the course of her 45-year writing career, Fitzgerald produced more than two dozen volumes of […]



(Photo courtesy of the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, U of Toronto) Eric McLuhan books launch “Sensus Communis”/“Cynic Satire”, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology – University of Toronto: Philip Marchand, McLuhan biographer (“The Medium and the Messenger”), Eric McLuhan, and Francesco Guardiani, Professor of Italian, University of Toronto, who published essays on McLuhan […]



In 1914, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis—the founders of Vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of Vorticism on Marshall McLuhan and Canadian Modernism. Building on the initial accomplishment of Blast, McLuhan’s subsequent Counterblast, and the network of artistic and intellectual […]



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 […]



This is a conference that McLuhanists and media ecologists, among others, would be interested in. *an image from Sean Kernan, Secret Books BABEL Conference: OFF THE BOOKS: Making, Breaking, Binding, Burning, Leaving, Gathering The BABEL Working Group is a non-hierarchical scholarly collective and para-institutional desiring-assemblage. BABEL’s chief commitment is the cultivation of a more mindful […]



Dr. Eric McLuhan Book Description A Menippean—Cynic—satire is a device for producing a specific kind of effect on the reader. Menippean satire is an active form, not a passive one: any work that produces the effect of a Menippean satire is a Menippean satire. It is the embodiment of a Cynic—of a Diogenes or a […]



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 […]



There have been other reviews of Bruce Powe’s latest book published on this blog, but this unpublished review is written by Robert Logan, arguably the dean of Marshall McLuhan scholars today. A Review of B. W. Powe’s Marshall McLuhan & Northrup Frye: Apocalypse & Alchemy by Robert K. Logan (logan@physics.utoronto.ca) B.W. Powe’s book Marshall McLuhan […]