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By Bruce Serafin

Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. STARDUST is a sequence of literary essays defining Bruce Serafin's global. The teenage Serafin is an enthralling determine, freshly arrived from the us and wanting to immerse himself within the specific delights of a nonetheless mostly frontier-era Vancouver. As a tender guy enrolled at SFU, he refuses the perm pressed upon him in a Chinatown barber store and eavesdrops on his rowdy associates in a Powell highway residence apartment. operating within the publish place of work, Serafin discovers Michel Tremblay's The fats girl round the corner is Pregnant and realizes for the 1st time that writing approximately working-class humans isn't just attainable, yet fascinating. He additionally discusses the paintings of Don DeLillo, Terry Glavin, Steve McCaffery, Northrop Frye, and William Henry Drummond. there is an engagement to those essays that gently sketches the workings of a brain perpetually studying.

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Besides. I’m operating away and that i listen mother within the lounge. i suppose she’s woken up and are available down. ‘How’s it going? ’ she calls out and that i can listen the squeak of the rocking chair so i do know she’s rocking. ‘Gonna feed the neighbourhood back? ’ She continuously had a feeling of humour. ‘Not undesirable. Ten loaves,’ I says. ‘Wanna aid? ’” Marilyn paused and sipped her whiskey. Then she was once silent. all of us checked out her. “What? ” Bella stated. “I don’t be aware of. yet i believe i'd have felt whatever while I requested that query. anything . . . I don’t be aware of. yet i may listen the rocker squeak, so I simply saved on operating. Then I stated, ‘So do you think that ten loaves may be adequate for this present day? ’ creating a comic story. She didn’t say something. So I repeated it: ‘Do you think that ten loaves could be adequate for this present day? ’ “No resolution. good abruptly i believe chilly as ice and that i positioned down the pan I’m operating with and that i step into the lounge and that i see the rocking chair flow backward and forward. Jesus Christ. ” Bella shuddered and positioned her quit her mouth. “Oh no. ” “That’s correct. There’s not anyone in it. I say: ‘Mom? the place are you? mother? the place are you, god rattling it. solution me! ’ status there within the lounge like a idiot, shivering and shaking. ” 76 S TA R D U S T She sipped her whiskey. “Well. eventually I went upstairs. most likely the toughest factor I ever did in my lifestyles. And there she was once, mendacity in mattress on her again. Her eyes have been open and her mouth used to be open. Her tooth weren’t in. ” “Was she useless? ” Darryl stated. “That’s correct. I known as the ambulance, after which I waited outdoors the home for them to return. I couldn’t be contained in the condominium, no longer after what had occurred. ” Marilyn drank the final of her whiskey and smiled at us. “And that’s my ghost tale, and I’ll swear on a stack of Bibles that each notice is correct. ” “Well, it’s a hell of a story,” Harry stated and everybody agreed that it was once actually pretty well the simplest ghost tale that they had heard. three whilst I left the shop approximately twenty mins later, it was once nonetheless snowing. The snow landed with a gentle brushing noise at the snow that had already fallen. That used to be the one sound. I felt a piece inebriated, yet another way choked with happiness. I had talked with different humans; i used to be a part of the realm back. again in my residence I sat up consuming a McGavin’s cinnamon bun and searching on the snow, considering the issues I had heard and visible: Bella along with her sizeable around nostril, Harry’s blind eye, Marilyn conversing and leaning ahead in her housedress. occasionally whilst i used to be bored i'd make small animals from paper clips and grasp them from a magnet. Now, like a giraffe, a snake, a seagull, and a pelican, all dangling one from the opposite, the occasions of the evening dangled one by one from my happiness. This used to be the realm I lived in; and for the 1st time I observed that it used to be attention-grabbing. I leaned ahead until eventually the bridge of my nostril pressed opposed to the window. The air was once gray: BC Ice and chilly garage confirmed up merely as a blurred define. I picked a unmarried snowflake out of the hundreds of thousands and watched it come in the direction of me out of the darkish- Snow Ghosts seventy seven ness, twisting and spinning.

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