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Black’s collection, The Odious Child and Other Stories, is concerned with social game-playing and posing and the loss of selfhood in a world where we market ourselves online and we are what our labels say we are.

In another, a woman meets a man in a speed-dating encounter and can’t decide if the man is a serial killer or a criminologist interested in serial killers.

These three collections of short fiction – two by first-time authors – are a sign of the growing resistance to this aesthetic.

With her elements of fantasy or magical realism in a world of pop-culture-saturated urbanites, Carolyn Black at times resembles Zsuzsi Gartner, whose collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives was shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

With patient portals readily available now, many times when a patient reads their doctor’s notes after a visit they’re surprised to see information recorded that wasn’t at all what they believed they said to their doctor. But if our medical record is the basis for members of our medical team to interact with us, there are many circumstances where it’s vitally important to make sure that it’s an accurate accounting of our situation. Watch for our next issue for Part 2 of this series.

What do you do if there’s an inaccuracy in your medical record?

We have all likely heard the criticism that Canadian fiction is too aesthetically conservative: committed to realism, prudish, backwards-looking, and dominated by small-town settings.

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