PETER BEHRENS is the author of The Law of Dreams ("Absorbing, unsparing and beautifully written...a masterly novel--NYTBR) which won the Governor General's Award for Literature in 2006 and is published in nine languages. His second novel The O'Briens comes out in the U.S. (Pantheon) in March 2012. A native of Montreal, he was a Wallace D. Stegner Fellow at Stanford U., and lives in Maine and Texas.
The exurban neighbourhods of El Paso County, Colorado seem, to this observer, environments designed for alienation and loneliness: street after street of developer-built houses fronted by enormous, power-operated garage doors, which display an defensive attitude to the street, and to the larger world. It all makes The Netherlands, where I currently live, seem mighty urbane, and civilized.
Living alongside you these days and listening to the contenders in your Republican primaries is like overhearing a crazy family from the Maine backwoods in a loud, weird squabble at the Bangor Mall: everyone threatening, gesticulating, talking trash. Get it together, America.
02/13/2012 12:07 EST
Instead of competitive fedora'd gunsels from the Plateau Mont-Royal hustling truckloads of illicit booze through the New England night, and tommy-gunning each other on the approaches to Rutland, this time it's TransCanada's Keystone project threatening spillage and spoilage of precious ecozones in Nebraska.
01/27/2012 11:58 EST
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/peter-behrens/remembrance-day_b_1086128.html" target="_hplink"><img src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/395921/thumbs/s-POPPY-small.jpg" align=right hspace=3></a> As they grew old, and faced their deaths, most of what had happened in the decades since their war seemed to recede, fade, lose shape and colour -- and the hard kernels of dastardly memory grounded in those intense weeks and months in Europe was all that remained.
11/10/2011 10:47 EST
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