Braithwaite in Quill & Quire
Montreal novelist and art writer Peter Dube sent me a photocopy of the article Jason McBride has published about Lawrence Braithwaite in the current issue of Quill & Quire—Canada's version of Publisher's Weekly. It's great to see Lawrence's death—and his work—getting some acknowledgement in his own country.
McBride has done his homework and interviewed a number of people who knew Lawrence well and/or worked with him—Brian Lam of Arsenal Pulp Press, Alana Wilcox of Coach House Books, writers Derek McCormack and Aaron Vidaver, and most revealingly, Lawrence's older brother Jack. According to Jack Braithwaite, Lawrence was a happy teen until the death of their brother Joey in a bike accident. Lawrence never got over Joey's death, and perhaps it is significant that he died on the anniversary of his brother's death—July 14. The facts about Joey complicate the murky picture of Lawrence's last days, which Aaron Vidaver has done to much to shed light on. The best part of the article is McBride's description of Lawrence's writing as an "ecstatic, deliberately confounding fusion of street slang, porn, typographical trickery, and song lyrics" that account for the resulting "speed and disorientation."
Sorry these scans aren't very good. I highly recommend chasing down the original article.
Posted by Dodie Bellamy at 10:39 PM