Surviving The Family, Escaping The Culture, by Gordon Phinn. WordCity Monthly April 2021 Issue8.


Surviving The Family, Escaping The Culture        Memoirs consulted:                                Educated by Tara Westover; Rebel Mother by Peter Andreas;  Menno Moto: A Journey Across the Americas in Search of My Mennonite Identity by Cameron Dueck; Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman;Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre;Pivot Point by Bren Simmers … Continue reading Surviving The Family, Escaping The Culture, by Gordon Phinn. WordCity Monthly April 2021 Issue8.

Leonard Cohen and Robert Fulford, An Essay by Gordon Phinn. WordCity Monthly February 2021 Issue6


                                                    Leonard Cohen and Robert Fulford Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years by Michael Posner (Simon&Shuster, 2020) Matters Of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen  by Eric Lerner (DaCapo Press 2018) Leonard Cohen: A Woodcut Biography by George A. Walker (Firefly Books 2020) A Life In Paragraphs: Essays by Robert Fulford (Optimum … Continue reading Leonard Cohen and Robert Fulford, An Essay by Gordon Phinn. WordCity Monthly February 2021 Issue6

Two book-related essays by Gordon Phinn, WordCity Monthly January 2021 Issue5


  Two book-related essays by Gordon Phinn from his recently published book It’s All About Me: How Criticism Mirrors The Self BOOK: Another Day Of Life by Ryszard Kapuskinski The day I began to compose myself in order to write this review, the author's introduction reminded me that the war in Angola has been grinding … Continue reading Two book-related essays by Gordon Phinn, WordCity Monthly January 2021 Issue5

WordCity Monthly, December 2020 Issue #4


Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it.-Gustave Flaubert When we decided to create an Autumn and Winter Holiday-themed issue of WordCity for December, we had hoped to gather together a celebration of as many religious, cultural and seasonal offerings as possible. … Continue reading WordCity Monthly, December 2020 Issue #4

Book Reviews by Gordon Phinn, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue


In a recent New Yorker I discovered, much to my amusement, the unvarnished truth about the book-summarizing service Blinkist, whose users care not to lumber through such tomes as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, Michelle Obama’s Becoming or Ghislaine Maxwell’s 500-page deposition for her upcoming trial. Fans recounted the huge benefits of gulping down texts … Continue reading Book Reviews by Gordon Phinn, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue