Archive for the ‘Profile’ Category


Review: The National Post

June 3, 2014

The National Post Books Editor Mark Medley reviews Wow Wow and Haw Haw as part of his video podcast series “The Small Picture”. Very nice for Wow Wow!



Interview: Me and Elisabeth de Mariaffi

March 19, 2013

My partner, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, is also a writer, but of fiction. Here we are being interviewed as a literary couple for the Atlantic book blog The Book Fridge. It’s kind of a neat idea, asking the halves of a couple the same questions. There are a few other artistic pairings out there I’d like to hear from in this way.



Interview: CBC Weekend Arts Magazine

April 3, 2012

Here’s me talking about Whiteout on the CBC Weekend Arts Magazine. The St. John’s launch for Whiteout is tomorrow night at the Ship!



Audio: The Once

November 15, 2011

Here’s a bit I did on CBC with The Once, the Newfoundland folk band that turned a poem from my upcoming book, Whiteout, into an incredible song. The interview ran on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Day, and contains two fulls songs from their album, including the one I had a hand in, “Song for Memory”. Hope you like it!




Translation: Glimpse in Italian

October 6, 2011

A prominent European aphorisms site has translated a bunch of numbers from Glimpse and provided a little introduction, in Italian, on the poet. Very exciting. I lived in Italy for a while back in the 90s, and learned to speak the language. While I’m a pretty rusty speaker now, I can still read, and these translations seem quite good to my amateur eyes. Thanks to the proprietors of the site for their interest and for bringing Glimpse to a new language.


Review: Aphorism expert James Geary

January 21, 2011

Aphorism expert James Geary seems to really like (and have gotten the tone of) my book of aphorisms, Glimpse! It’s a great vindication for a previously unknown aphorist like me. He offers a brief opinion and set of examples at the first link above. After more than a few good reviews now, I am very happy. I also really enjoy seeing which aphorisms people choose as their highlights from the collection. It’s amazing how few repeat!

George Murray is editor of the literary website and author of Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms. There is a sort of casual surrealism about Murray’s aphorisms, as if it was the most ordinary thing in the world to compare worry, for example, to a playground. The metaphors are both pedestrian and astonishing, reminiscent of aphorists like Malcom de Chazal and Ramon Gomez de la Serna. The deep strangeness of the images and juxtapositions takes a while to sink in, mostly because of Murray’s deadpan delivery. Reading his aphorisms is like talking on a phone with a slight delay; you understand what’s been said a beat or so after it has been spoken. And that split-second delay, filled with thoughts and speculation, is where the wonder lies, of aphorisms in general and these aphorisms in particular. The charm of Glimpse is that so many of the aphorisms in it make you do a double take.



News: How Pedestrian

November 16, 2010

My Google news feeds picked up my name on a website called “How Pedestrian“, where they get people on the street to read poetry for short video spots. It’s a lovely idea and very well executed. All this week they’re featuring poems from my third book, The Hunter. It’s very flattering that (apparently) average people would take the risk of reading these difficult poems for a camera. That or it speaks highly of the persuasion skills of the site’s proprietors. Either way, I’m glad to be part of it all. The first two are up (the first video below), and it looks as though there’s more to come.


Events: Writer in Residence at Open Book Toronto

November 1, 2010

I’m the Writer in Residence at Open Book Toronto this month. Check there regularly to see what I’m up to. First up: the Questionless Books Interview. I interview a bunch of disparate books people (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellers, readers, bloggers, journalists, nfp types, etc.) about the future of books without ever asking a question. I hope you enjoy what I’m doing there and join and comment on the site.


Event: Ottawa WritersFest

October 24, 2010

I’m headed from Montreal to Ottawa today to read at the WritersFest tomorrow. It’s the end of their fall line-up and what better way to finish than with a passel of poets. The information you’ll need is at the top of this article. See you there!

The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents ‘Poetry Cabaret’ with George Murray, Peter Norman, Sandra Ridley and M.T. Kelly. Oct. 25 at 8:30 p.m. at the Mayfair Theatre. Tickets: $15; $10 students and seniors; Free for Festival members and Carleton students.


Profile: The National Post

September 26, 2010

The National Post ran a full page in their arts section this weekend on Glimpse and me. There was a brief profile and interview, a nice big picture and a set of exerpts from the book. Very nice! Thanks, National Post.

Photo by Paul Daly/National Post

Each day, thousands of people visit Bookninja to read George Murray’s razor-sharp musings on the publishing world. It is as a poet, however, that he first made his name. The author of four previous books, Murray recently published Glimpse, a collection of 409 aphorisms. Described as “a crystallized poetic essence,” aphorisms, though short, can be as deep as the ocean. To wit: “The only reliable form of time travel is living.” The book even has its own iPhone application, for those who like their philosophy on the go. Mark Medley recently spoke to Murray from his home in St. John’s. Herewith, their conversation, condensed and edited.