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Brief Candle 3 Released

The third issue of Brief Candle is printed and available for sale, starting at Richmond Zine Fest today. The making of Brief Candle has been an evolving process over the almost three years I’ve been working on it. Design-wise I’ve decided to move into a half-page size and to streamline the look, using fewer images […]

Brief Candle 2 Released

In October of this year I published the second issue of my Shakespeare zine, Brief Candle. I started Brief Candle in the spring of 2014. I had been contemplating the idea of a Shakespeare zine for a while but I was wary of starting a project that I knew was going to be much harder […]

Litmus Test 3 Released

After six years, I have finally released the third and final issue of my Straight Edge zine, the inaugural publication under the Last Syllable banner. It feels like a big deal to me to be finally putting it out. Three issues feels like a good run for a Straight Edge zine and given that as […]

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Winter’s Angels

I’ve written about ballet on the blog before, and about my reticence to speak about a subject that I feel unqualified to speak to in any great detail. But I’ve made a commitment to worry less and write more, especially on the blog. I also have a larger writing project planned which will require me […]

Accepting Submissions for Brief Candle 4!

We’re just getting started on the fourth issue of our Shakespeare zine, Brief Candle. If you are interested in writing something, please use our contact form to get in touch. We welcome submissions on all topics, from all perspectives, from people of all backgrounds. The only exception to this is any nonsense related to the […]

Book review: Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Tempest

Margaret Atwood needs no introduction. Nothing one reviewer can say — even if they were a highly influential reviewer — can tarnish her reputation as a great writer. But Hag-Seed, her version of The Tempest written at the behest of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of retellings, is not a great novel. Compared to Anne Tyler’s Vinegar […]

Queen Lear on the Canadian Stage

There are few things more unpleasant to watch than a director who thinks he or she is going to “fix” Shakespeare. Canadian Stage’s production of King Lear demonstrates all the pitfalls of thinking that you know better than the Bard. Director Alistair Newton displays a rare degree of arrogance, playing so fast and loose with […]