Category Archives: Commentaries

A Rohmer Miscellany

My latest publication is titled A Rohmer Miscellany and it is a modest contribution to the study of popular fiction, to the appreciation of mystery and detective fiction, and to the enjoyment of the seventy-odd books written by Sax Rohmer, … Continue reading

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A One-Volume-Frye

For the last ten years friends of mine have been listening to me describe this “work in progress.” The work is The Northrop Frye Quote Book, and while it took a decade to research and compile, it has finally appeared … Continue reading

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Colombo’s Latest Book of Poems

A World of Differences is the title of the latest collection of poetry written by John Robert Colombo. It is a trade paperback, 6″ x 9″, 300 pages in length. It brings together the “poems and effects” composed by this … Continue reading

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Three Videos of Poems

I am grateful to Kristin Somborac of Somborac Productions, an independent film and television production company based in Toronto, for commissioning, on behalf of the Bravo specialty network (owned by Bell Media), animated versions of three of my poems. (This … Continue reading

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Jon Woodson’s “Oragean Modernism”

A Review by John Robert Colombo In some ways I am the ideal person to review this book. In other ways I am the least equipped person to review it. So let me draw attention to my strengths and then … Continue reading

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Four Hundred Years of Rob Sawyer

Three guest speakers — author/anthologist John Robert Colombo, Quebec novelist Elisabeth Vonarburg, and New York editor Robert G. Hartwell — pose with celebrated, Toronto-based author Robert J. Sawyer at the conference held in his honour and titled “Science Fiction: The … Continue reading

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The Road to Mecca

John Robert Colombo offers some comments on Muhammad Asad’s “The Road to Mecca” The books that I review are generally newly published, current titles. Yet it is often forgotten that books constitute news, and the novelty of interesting books and … Continue reading

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Ghost Books

Ghosts and Where to Find Them These are the notes that I made for an talk that I delivered at The Grange, Saturday, 24 Oct. 2009. The Grange in question is in Mississauga, not The Grange at the Art Gallery … Continue reading

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Najovits & Kostelanetz, Reviewers

Simson R. Najovits and Richard Kostelanetz offer reviews of “All the Poems.” Simson R. Najovits Reviews All the Poems / John Robert Colombo,Teller of Ghost Stories, Anthologist … and, above all, Poet / A Review Contributed by Simson R. Najovits / … Continue reading

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Space

JRC discusses his role in the launch of the Phoenix Mars Lander. On the Phoenix Mars Lander JRC standing in front of the wrought-iron gates of the Percival Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona (Image courtesy of Suparna Ghosh) A group of … Continue reading

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Ghosts & Spirits at the CNE

“Haunted Toronto” and “Spirits of Canada” were the titles of two public talks that I gave at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, the country’s largest annual fair and exhibition. The hour-long talks were held at 3:00 p.m., August 27 … Continue reading

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St. Socrates

“St. Socrates: Some Thoughts on Humanism” is the title of the address that I delivered. Don Cullen shakes hands with JRC after handing him the certificate that attests to his standing as HAT’s Humanist of the Year. [Photo Ed Bil] … Continue reading

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Robert Priest and Poetry

I am a long-time admirer of the zany poetry of Robert Priest – never more so than I am after reading the poems in his latest volume. It is titled Reading the Bible Backwards and the publisher is ECW Press. The poetry is not … Continue reading

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On Aphorisms

Aphorisms by John Robert Colombo Here is an appreciation written by James Geary, anthologist and specialist in aphoristic expression, posted on his website < www . jamesgeary . com/blog > on April 18, 2007. I thought I had a serious aphorism addiction problem, until … Continue reading

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Views on Canadiana

One of my favourite observations is an adage that appears in all my dictionaries of quotations. It goes like this: “Canada only needs to be known in order to be great.” This adage affirms that true greatness flows from national … Continue reading

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Colombo at Worldcon

The highlight of the Summer of 2009 was the opportunity to deliver one of the keynote addresses at Worldcon. What a weighty honour! Background: This year’s Worldcon was held in Montreal, August 6-10, 2009. The full title of the event … Continue reading

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