|From Local Colours by Derek Beaulieu|
Whatever we think of Beaulieu’s effort (I think very little of it), we have to wonder why this received notice by Harriet. We have to wonder what sort of mind could view this project and pretend that it has anything to do with “old-skool” concrete practices or that it shies toward anything. (One can only shy from, of course.) And “self-reflexive” procedures? Well, self-indulgent, maybe.
What’s truly hilarious is that this commentator can fashionably misspell “school” and toss out a fashionable term like “conceptual writing,” but is unfashionably unfamiliar with British spelling habits: “[A]t least one correction is necessary—’color’ doesn’t have a ‘u’ in it.” Someone at Harriet should let him or her know that this spelling is common in Beaulieu’s Canada.
The real question, though, is whether the folks at Harriet know how to spell “pretentious.”