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News for September, or, The Footsore Porcupette Muses on the Vagaries of Vacation Reading … or Lack Thereof

Vacationing is hard. I know it sounds ridiculous to those of who positively yearn for a short trip away from the daily grind, but then, perhaps my conception of vacationing has always been a bit skewed. Growing up, vacations consisted … Continue reading

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News for August

I am about to tell you a shocking secret. It has bothered me since those early days when I first donned the mantle of the porcupette. Since even before I started showing up (virtually—don’t be creepy) in your inbox every … Continue reading

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News for January

A hearty hello and Happy New Year to you Quill fans! This is Stephanie, your porcupette, coming to you live from Oh-Lord-Oh-Lord-Why-Did-I-Gorge-Myself-on-Such-Irresponsible-Quantities-of-Chocolate?-land. (You know, right next to Doritos-For-Days-But-I-Feel-No-Shame-land and slightly north of When-Did-Sugar-Become-Its-Own-Food-Group?-land.) Hopefully you, too, have narrowly escaped the … Continue reading

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News for December

I watched my first holiday-themed movie of the season on November 29th. It was pitifully low-budget, packed with cringe-worthy performances and wildly improbable dialogue (apparently rigid diction and an aversion to contractions is shorthand for asshole in Movieland), and it … Continue reading

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News for November

I’m of two minds when it comes to this Daylight Savings Time business. Every spring, when we lose an hour, I express my unbridled hatred for this seemingly outmoded tradition with a fiery passion that consumes my (rather crotchety) soul. … Continue reading

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News for September

Here’s the thing about September: it feels like anticipation. The oppressive heat of August backs off in favour of pleasant crispness. The backpacks come out as children toddle off back to school. Routines that were disrupted in the frantic rush … Continue reading

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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.