Muffins

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The Porcupine's Quill, 1995 - Fiction - 24 pages

`Muffins is a square; it has a vinyl cover of a photograph of Rooke and his wife and another woman (their daughter?). The photograph-cover, if one ``reads'' it closely, shows the daughter reading a book; her back is facing her parents who are at a table eating -- or about to eat -- muffins. There is a book case stuffed with books ``arranged'' in a messy way. The photograph has in the middle a rectangle in white lines and the words in different typefaces (and colours): Muffins and Leon Rooke under Muffins. The effect is startling because I see photographs of books within the book itself. And I am thus aware that there is a carefully designed book-within-the-book. And I start thinking about the relation of the various elements I have mentioned. Is the cover the beginning of the book? Does it, on the contrary, tell a secret story? I see, finally, that I as reader or viewer must interpret the relations, must join -- or create -- the performance of interpretation. In a sense, then, I am writing a review of the photograph of the author. And I have not yet opened Muffins! My consciousness is whirling!'

 

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About the author (1995)

Leon Rooke was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina in 1934. He attended Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina. In addition to writing novels and short stories, he is also an anthologist and a playwright. He is the recipient of many awards and honours including the Governor General's Fiction Award for "Shakespeare's Dog", the Canada-Australia Prize, the Paperback Novel of the Year Award for "Fat Woman", The Pushcart Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature. He is the founder and artistic director of Eden Mills Writers' Festival. Rooke currently resides in Winnipeg.

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