Category Archives: Commentaries

The Notebooks of John Robert Colombo

This is the general title of five volumes that collect the occasional writings of one of the most prolific of Canada’s authors and anthologists. It is a treasury of his lesser-known works. In addition to researching, writing, editing, collecting, compiling, … Continue reading

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Curious Canadiana

Here is an entertaining compilation of out-of-the-way Canadiana discovered and presented by John Robert Colombo. The information is described in a novel manner. This is not a quiz book (long questions, short answers) but a question-and-answer book (short questions, long … Continue reading

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More of Less

In these pages are more than 175 poems and effects, along with twelve months of entries from the author’s daily journal. They document the year 2017 as lived by John Robert Colombo. Here are musings and amazements aplenty: tributes, reminiscences, … Continue reading

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Beside the Point

Beside the Point is a new compendium of the adages, aphorisms, and epigrams that were composed over a three-year period by author and editor John Robert Colombo. Here are some two thousand short and original remarks arranged in alphabetical order … Continue reading

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Here For Now

Here for Now is a new collection of close to two hundred poems and effects composed during the calendar year 2016 by John Robert Colombo. The poet reacts to the issues of the day but in the main he offers … Continue reading

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Immense Estates

Immense Estates consists of all the poems that were composed by poet and anthologist John Robert Colombo during the calendar year 2015. The poems are arranged in chronological order and are also dated, so it is possible to read through … Continue reading

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Covers updated

Bill Andersen has designed many book covers for John and Ruth Colombo. This slideshow includes them all, right up to JRC’s latest, Self-Schrift.

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Jules Verne’s Canada

It is not widely known that the great French storyteller Jules Verne set seven of his exciting, action-packed adventure novels in Canada, that is, in Upper Canada and Lower Canada, in the Klondike, in the Mackenzie District, in the Niagara … Continue reading

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Self-Schrift

Self-Schrift consists of commentaries on all the books written, compiled, edited, and translated by John Robert Colombo. Here the prolific author and editor offers commentaries – anecdotes, insights, appreciations, criticisms, ideas, theories, etc. – about all of the 230 titles … Continue reading

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Latest publication

My latest publication is Uncommonplaces: Aphorisms of John Robert Colombo. It consists more than 3,400 original aphorisms and aphoristic-style expressions. (They are arranged from Abilities to Zombies.) A separate section offers close to 300 more evocations that are devoted to … Continue reading

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Some Recent Books

Noted by John Robert Colombo Some time has passed since I last faced the task of reviewing current books of interest to readers who value psychopraxia. One reason for my tardiness is that I have been busy preparing the second … Continue reading

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Colombo on Kindle

I had not realized until April 2015 that so many of my books were available as ebooks through the medium of Amazon Kindle. Friend and designer Bill Andersen offered to collect the books — not only current and backlist titles … Continue reading

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“In the Spirit of Pilgrimage” by Dante Elsner Reviewed by John Robert Colombo

Whenever I visit New York City, which is not often enough, I devote half a day to the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, largely in order to stand in reverential awe in its West Gallery to … Continue reading

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John Robert Colombo reviews “Higher Being Bodies” and “A Stopinder Anthology”

These days I am proving to be a highly irregular reviewer of books. The last book that I reviewed was a critical study of the writings of my late friend Judith Merril, the American-Canadian “science fiction personality” (as she styled … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff in His Own Words

A Review of Paul Beekman Taylor’s “Gurdjieff’s Worlds of Words” by John Robert Colombo It has been some time since I have taken up the mantle of the reviewer. Half a year ago I laid the mantle to one side, … Continue reading

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Uncommonplaces

The subtitle of Uncommonplaces is “New Aphorisms of John Robert Colombo.” There are more than 3,400 original aphorisms and surprising aphoristic expressions, as well as a separate section which offers close to 300 more aphorisms which attempt to describe those … Continue reading

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