Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Too much swearing? WTF?

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I mentioned in my post about literary envy that I have been doing my best to be zen-like in my reaction to reviews of my novel, to see positive and negative reviews as merely two different expression of the same idea – namely, that my book was worth reviewing in the first place.

Granted, I've done some grumbling up my sleeve – and up the sleeves of others – but I think I've done a decent job of accentuating the positive. (Booze and a boundless ego help.)

One thing that does have my puzzled, however, and which has been a near-constant feature of both the positive and negative reviews, is repeated references to the amount of swearing done by the characters in the book.

It only seems puzzling because A) I don't think there's much swearing in there, B) people swear all the time, and C) compared to say, a Martin Scorsese movie or a new album by fiddy or even a novel by Chuck Palahniuk or Irvine Welsh, my novel might as well be Anne of Green Gables.

Not that I'm complaining. Fuck, no.

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Nathan Whitlock

Nathan Whitlock is the review editor of Quill & Quire magazine. His writing and reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, Toro, Geist, Saturday Night and elsewhere. His novel, A Week of This: a novel in seven days, was published this spring by ECW Press.

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