Consolation Prize

What did RedBrick read this month? A series of tweets by the best human to ever write using that art form, Mr. Kanye West. For context, West is releasing a long-anticipated new album soon, and he tweeted to announce that the album’s title, previously Swish, was now Waves.


Wiz Khalifa, for reasons I’m not going to go into here, objected to the title change, and West objected to Khalifa’s objection.

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A booklist for the ladies of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

UnknownI’m late with this post. You’ve all been talking about Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. for a year and I just read it last week because sometimes it’s exhausting reading about people who are exactly like the people you’re around everyday.  So, a year after its release, there’s not a lot I can offer in terms of original thought on the text.

I liked it; appreciated the well drawn characters, loved the kale jokes, but you’ve heard all that from any number of reviewers already.  I also don’t want to talk about Nate at all because he’s a dumb jerk and his whole persona is a little too close to home. I live in a hip literary centre too and there are always Nates around and devoting attention to Nates is like feeding gremlins after midnight. So let’s talk about books instead. Let’s talk about the wonderful female characters of Adelle Waldman’s novel and try to understand them a little bit better by what we imagine their book choices to be.

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Shagging in the dry storage room: axioms of restaurant life in Chop Chop

51ErRgCVSiL._SL500_AA300_It is a truth universally acknowledged that an individual employed by a restaurant will eventually make a poor life choice in the dry storage room.

Always say “behind” or “backs.”

Alcohol is an effective salve for the end of a stressful dinner service. Drugs are better.

As Monocle, the hero of Simon Wroe’s novel Chop Chop was bleeding in front of the mustard in the novel’s first act, I was already contemplating saying goodbye to the ergonomic Aeron chair and Excel spreadsheets that make up my day-to-day and returning to a life in which a fat Portuguese chef orders me out of his kitchen while I berate a fry cook for the impossibility of a 15-minute ticket time for an order of calamari that can be fully cooked in 45 seconds. Give me a line of coke and send me back into the game chef!

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Big news on the Shakespeare front

Big news on the Shakespeare front

One of our contributors has been short-listed for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Shakespeare Selfie competition for her epilogue for the terrible How I Met Your Mother series finale written in the voice of Puck from a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Needless to say, upon hearing the news she was short-listed, @msevav immediately quit her day-job to pursue her dream of writing pop-culture commentary in Elizabethan English full time. 



10 reasons to read Echo of the Boom this spring

images  10) A good opening sentence is like a good punch in the face. The opening sentence of Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s Echo of the Boom is 20 perfect syllables.

They were all born after the fall of the wall but before the fall of the towers.

In my reading the cadence matches “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Even if you don’t stick around for 456 pages (you should) that first line will make your stomach drop enough to keep you reading through the first section.

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Echo of the Boom


photo (2)I’m not far enough in the reading of Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s Echo of the Boom to say much about it except:

look at how beautiful it is.


I want to know everything about the talented people who did the design of this beautiful book so I can go and look at other beautiful things they have made. Go pick this book up if you like interesting books and/or beautiful things and we’ll chat about it soon.