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Writing the Revolution.

MICHELE LANDSBERG [Second Story Press]

There is a great urgency, and poignancy, embedded in each part of this volume, a collection of Michele Landsberg's columns published in the Toronto Star between 1978 and 2003. The sum total is a fury of energy from which one can begin to discern the intellectual and moral climate of Canada's Second Wave. Hard days. Landsberg's mixture varies depending on the subject, but the product is always and unabashedly activist. The book is arranged thematically, and while Morganthaler, Bernardo and Lepine all get their column inches, the real magic here lives in the margins and in the scattershot anecdotal richness of the times. Landsberg's wit--sometimes caustic, always enlivening--finds the victory in each dark struggle. As a reader, one metes out the columns, piecemeal, so as to spend this grand electricity slowly.

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Publication:Canadian Dimension
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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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