Sunday, February 1, 2009

Closer to Home in Globe and Mail Web edition

Terrence Byrnes' wonderful book of author portraits, which I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, was featured in The Globe and Mail's web edition this weekend. My pic (above) is part of the slideshow which includes shots of Anne Carson, David McGimpsey, Rawi Hage, Heather O'Neill and Yann Martel among others. Terry was kind enough to make a blow-up print for me which now hangs framed in my study. I love it. It's an evocative shot and oddly, very personally revealing, with me standing amid a massive complicated spaghetti-tangle of heating pipes and pumps in the basement furnace room of 99 Chabanel, my stiff body and head appearing as part of the plumbing.

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