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Introducing Paul Beekman Taylor’s new book on G.I.Gurdjieff

I am the contributor of the Foreword to this new work of scholarship, written by the Geneva-based historian and biographer Paul Beekman Taylor, published by Eureka Editions of Utrecht, The Netherlands. The text of the Foreword may also be read … Continue reading

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Three tributes

JRC was chosen by University College, University of Toronto, as one of 100 “Alumni of Influence” 2012. JRC was chosen by the Humanist Association of Toronto to be “Humanist of the Year” in 2008. JRC was chosen by the University … Continue reading

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Sax Rohmer Lives!

I am currently preparing for publication two books by Sax Rohmer, the creator of Dr. Fu Manchu. The first is a collection of the British author’s “Crime Magnet” mystery stories, never before assembled. The second is “Pipe Dreams,” a compilation … Continue reading

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Colombo on YouTube!

To my surprise, I discover that I have a substantial presence on YouTube. Do you want to see me being interviewed by film exhibitor Reg Hartt (in 3D, more or less)? Do you want to see and hear me reading … Continue reading

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New Publication!

Less of Light is the title of the latest volume of poetry composed by John Robert Colombo. It consists of all the poems and literary effects that the author and anthologist wrote between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. … Continue reading

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Last book of 2011

Aphorisms are on my mind these days. I have released a new collection of them. A Quaint and Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore consists of 104 pages of aphoristic expressions, comments, and observations that go from Abkhazia and Achievement to … Continue reading

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Poetry Reading

The poetry readings that I give these days are few and far between. But when I do give a recital – as I did as part of the Wordstock Festival in Collingwood, Ont., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 – I focus … Continue reading

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Jeepers …

Jeepers Creepers … Yes, the title of my latest book is Jeepers Creepers … and it consists of about three dozen ghost stories … that is, told-as-true accounts of encounters with ghosts and spirits reported by Canadians from across the … Continue reading

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Fascinating…

Fascinating Canada is a book about offbeat Canadiana. It is not a quiz book, though it does consist of questions and answers – 357 short questions and 357 long answers. The subjects cover the waterfront (from Highway of Tears to … Continue reading

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Taking Jung to Task

“In her thoughtful epic work, Sophia Writ Large / Sophia Writ Small, Canadian poet Ruth Colombo takes Jung to task.” So writes Daryl Sharp in his newly published book Trampled to Death by Geese. His book combines memoir and commentary. … Continue reading

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Aphorisms Aplenty

Gnomology is an old word for an old activity: the study, the collection, or the writing of aphorisms and aphoristic expressions. James Geary, the English writer and authority on the subject of aphorisms, has dubbed me a “modern gnomologist.” Imponderables … Continue reading

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First Book of 2011!

I continue to collect and publish on an annual basis the poems and effects that I wrote during the previous year. Now available between soft covers are some 200 “poems and effects” written betwen January and December 2010. The 184-page … Continue reading

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Latest Review

I used to review a lot of Canadiana, but lately I have focused on other writing. Yet I did succumb to a dedicated and talented editor’s blandishments to write a long, comprehensive review of Peter C. Newman’s twin volumes called Heroes and Mavericks published … Continue reading

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Colombo in 3D

If you would like to see and hear JRC chat amiably for thirty minutes on a variety subjects, directly to a 3D videocamera, check out this YouTube posting (below). The so-called “video-portrait” was produced, directed, and videographed by Reg Hartt, … Continue reading

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Last Year’s Publications

The year 2010 has proved to be a busy one. In that year alone I published two collections of poetry, End of Greatness and Poems of Space and Time; two works devoted to my favourite popular writer, Sax Rohmer, these being … Continue reading

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Debate on Religion

For JRC’s impressions of the Munk Debate on religion and society with Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchins, click here.

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