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Lou Bourgeois: A Charming Man Celebrates a Century

Lou Bourgeois was born 100 years ago today in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. As he celebrates the day simply with his loving daughter Maggie, JoAnn and I will mark the occasion by saying it is an honor to know him as a friend. He is the most charming man I’ve ever known: an engaging raconteur, a vivid yet self-effacing storyteller, a keen and genuinely curious listener, a passionate lover of music and books. He’s been a thoughtful reader of this website since its inception. And he’s the only person on the planet who still refers to me as “Young Mark.” When I grow up, I want to be just like him! Continue reading






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At 86, Donald Hall Says He Doesn’t Have the Testosterone to Write More Poems

Donald Hall: “Prose is not so dependent on sound. The line of poetry, with the breaking of the line — to me sound is the kind of doorway into poetry. And my sense of sound, or my ability to control it, lapsed or grew less. I still use it in prose, but the unit is the paragraph. I had 60 years of writing poetry, I shouldn’t complain now.”






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Café Mouffe: Celebrating Lou Bourgeois

Lou Bourgeois is 94 today. We had a wonderful conversation yesterday about books and music. He told us about reading Eric Siblin’s The Cello Suites, an account of Pablo Casals’ rediscovery of Bach’s resonantly profound masterpiece. For your birthday, Lou, here is Yo-Yo Ma performing Suite No. 1 in G major (BWV 1007).






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Flying on Other Vectors with Lou Bourgeois

Mark, Ms. Modigliani, and Lou at Il Paridiso in Oakville, Ontario. Lou Bourgeois sent me a kind email in response to Café Mouffe’s John Arpin edition. I pull it out to re-read whenever I need a lift. A retired Canadian … Continue reading






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Café Mouffe: John Arpin

Set 1: John Arpin plays Joe Lamb’s Bohemia Rag. Last Friday when the Mouffe celebrated one great Canadian pianist, Ms. Modigliani and I were introduced to another. We met our friend Lou Bourgeois for a holiday drink at his favorite … Continue reading






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