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At the Desk: Ellen S. Jaffe

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Ellen S. Jaffe is a poet, playwright, novelist and educator living in Hamilton, Ontario. Her latest collection of poems Skinny-Dipping with the Muse (Guernica Editions) is forthcoming in May.

On Writing, with Peter Goodchild

In Peter Goodchild's latest book Tumbling Tide: Population, Petroleum, and Systemic Collapse (Insomniac Press), he explores what life will look like in a post-peak oil world. Peter explores topics such as housing, food production, education and politics and examines the troubling social effects that could stem from the crisis.

Today we speak with Peter about his book, what sparked the idea for it and what got us into our current situation of over-reliance on fossil fuels.

FICTION CRAFT BY SHAUN SMITH, ET AL

Money Talks

With Deryn Collier, Paula Daly, Gloria Ferris, Cecil Foster, Adrianne Harun, Harry Karlinsky, Kate Pullinger, Ray Robertson and Allan Stratton.

This month in Fiction Craft, we ask writers: What role does money play in your fiction?

Like sex, money is one of those odd things that everyone thinks quite a lot about yet no one talks very much about. In the world of books and publishing, talking about money is positively frowned upon, as though the art of creating fiction should somehow exist in a privileged, hot-house environment sequestered from the stuff of daily concerns. This, of course, is utter nonsense. But I’ve often found that -- to the detriment of the art -- this bizarre perspective filters its way into the writing itself, where characters have no more need or desire for money than they do other of life’s more base essentials. (When, for example, was the last time a character in a novel had a good wank or took a crap?)

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