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About thetorzorean

The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at

The Guest who refuses to be polite – My first impressions on Beyond Bullfights and Ice Hockey: Essays on Identity, Language and Writing Culture

I’m hanging out with paulo da costa these days. On the crowded subway ride to work in the morning and again in the evening on the way home I listen to him; those around me don’t. But I prefer listening … Continue reading

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Presépio by Diniz Cabral Each time I travel to Ponta Delgada, I look forward to stopping at the Mercado da Graça to visit Sr. Diniz Cabral in his small shop along a row of merchants who sell souvenirs to tourists. … Continue reading

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Rosetta McLain Gardens in winter

Our first snowfall. I just had to be with the snow and the solitude of this early winter’s day.

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My Agustina Bessa-Luís

Agustina Bessa-Luís (1984) Photo: Emanuel Melo This year, Agustina Bessa-Luís, one of the most important and significant Portuguese writers of all time, celebrates her 95th birthday. Although her books have been translated into several languages, her vast work has yet … Continue reading

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A Minha Agustina Bessa-Luís

Agustina Bessa-Luís (1984) Foto: Emanuel Melo Este ano compartilhamos na celebração dos 95 anos da vida da escritora portuguesa, Agustina Bessa-Luís. Apesar de já ter lido quase toda a sua vasta obra, não me sinto competente para falar sobre a … Continue reading

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My Autumn Landscapes

The prolific Azorean literary critic and essayist Vamberto Freitas wrote, “Our geographies are now interior and no longer have anything to do with physical distance, longing and absences.”* (My translation from the original Portuguese text.) His observation on the immigrant’s … Continue reading

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The New Wave of Luso-Canadians

Normally, I don’t watch Saturday morning TV, but when I woke up today, I remembered that it was time for the start of the weekly Portuguese shows. They came on one after the other, each 30-minute show giving a different … Continue reading

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