All that is necessary for the survival of the fittest

is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar--Grace Paley

Juliet Waters

Juliet Waters
Montreal, Canada
August 01
Montreal based writer, book critic, single mom. Currently working on a book about a year learning computer programming. Visit me, or


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OCTOBER 26, 2010 7:37AM

"In Treatment" recap--Sunil and Frances, week 1

This season “In Treatment” sets out on its own without the original scripts from “Be Tipul,” the Israeli series that, despite its popularity, only lasted two seasons.

I’m going to miss living therapy vicariously though hyper confrontational Israelis.  In Canada, we… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 7:53AM

Freedom: Which Character Is Franzen?


“There had always been something not quite right about the Berglunds.” This is the general consensus among the Berglunds' former neighbours when, long after they’ve moved, Walter Berglunds' name suddenly re-surfaces in an unfavourable New York Times feature.

Freedom is Jon… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 7:47AM

True Blood, Season three finale

So here we are at the finale of the most disturbing, violent, possibly nihilistic show on television right now. As we were all expecting, there has been a whole mess of blood, guts, burning and torture.  But sadly we must say goodbye to…. uh…wait, let me re-check my notes here&hell… Read full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2010 7:42AM

True Blood ep. 35 "Fresh Blood"

“You know I love you more when you’re cold and heartless” says Eric tenderly to Pam. It’s a lovely moment, like Casablanca starring vampires. And it’s the first time in a few episodes that Eric has been something more than, as Russell puts it “just a lump of muscle… Read full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2010 8:03AM

True Blood Recap ep. 34 "I Smell A Rat"

“I’m a fairy?  That is so fucking lame!”

Sorry, what’s that Sookie? Oh right, you have a secret that we’ve been waiting to find out for three seasons. Cool.  But do you mind if we cut back to Nan and Russell first? Because I still have so many questions from la… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2010 10:19AM

My Life As A Pork-e-tarian

Anthony Bourdain and Montreal chef Martin Picard, rated XXX for food porn.
In 2007  I interviewed Anthony Bourdain. It had been a little over a year since Bourdain had found himself stranded in Beirut trying to film an episode of "No Reservations" as carloads of Hezbollah took t… Read full post »
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AUGUST 16, 2010 7:59AM

True Blood recap ep. 33 "Everything is Broken"

Does anyone remember a couple of episodes back when I jokingly guessed The Authority got its authority from somewhere in Maine?  Turns out I have special recapping powers that I’m only now becoming aware of.  Like Jessica,  the baby vampire, however,  and Sookie, the emergin… Read full post »

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AUGUST 9, 2010 7:57AM

True Blood recap: ep 32. Night On The Sun

Poor Bill. The moment he started wearing that track suit jacket, I started worrying.  His maker is dead. His queen has sold the state of Louisiana and moved into Russell’s palace. Sookie has realized that it was nice while it lasted, but now it’s over. What’s left for him? Even… Read full post »

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AUGUST 2, 2010 7:50AM

True Blood Recap ep.31: "Hitting The Ground"

This was not the glamorous state wedding I was hoping for. No Alcide in white fur, no rib cage hats, no celebrities of note, not even Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. Still, I can’t think of a better wedding singer than Miss Polly Jean Harvey to celebrate the union of Russell… Read full post »

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JULY 29, 2010 12:04PM

Austenized! Redrum Park and other horror classics improved

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Damien Woodhouse who lives with his father, Mr. Satan Woodhouse


Enough with the zombies, the vampires and the sea monsters!  I’m with Laura Miller. The time has come to avenge this relentless invasion, and send some Jane Austen characters in to stanch the blood dimmed tide o… Read full post »

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JULY 26, 2010 7:57AM

True Blood recap ep. 30--I Got A Right To Sing The Blues

Nan Flanagan

Nan Flanagan, The Political Face of Vampires

Sigh. Romance really doesn’t last long in the soon to be joined vampire kingdoms of Louisiana and Mississippi.  It seems like just yesterday Jason was pushing Crystal up against a tree in the moonlit swamp, Jesus and Lafayette were a c… Read full post »

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JULY 19, 2010 7:36AM

True Blood recap, ep. 29--Trouble


Franklin Mott: "Afraid of me? That's insane!"

Trouble.  It's the name of this episode and of the classic board game invented in 1965. Sometimes it feels like “True Blood” might just as well be a venture between HBO and Hasbro. It’s like they’ve taken the best of… Read full post »

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JULY 12, 2010 7:44AM

True Blood recap, ep. 28--9 Crimes

Eric thinking about sookie


Often True Blood starts right where it left off, whether it be the shooting of a zombie boyfriend, or smack in the middle of a werewolf attack.  But after a two-week hiatus, it’s probably a wise decision not to launch right into the afterglow of Bill and Lorena’s… Read full post »

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JUNE 28, 2010 5:01AM

True Blood recap, ep. 27--"It Hurts Me Too."





Last week ended with a werewolf walking across Sookie’s living room, as a shot rang out…

It’s still ringing …tick, tick, tick…still…flying...slowly…across…the…room…

(So, while we’re waiting can I jus… Read full post »

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JUNE 21, 2010 7:26AM

True Blood ep.26 recap: You Better Change Your Evil Ways

So here we are back where we left off, with vampire Bill and the werewolves.  Except that Bill has managed to get the upper hand .  Or rather the upper paw [correction: upper ear]. Literally.  He throws the severed  paw… Read full post »
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JUNE 14, 2010 9:21AM

A Race For The Best Mango


 Good mangoes, but not the best

I know this week’s kitchen challenge is “fun with fruit.” But, for me, fruit will probably always be a little fraught with guilt.

Oh what’s that California locavore? Your vast variety of tiny carbon footprint fruit is always picked… Read full post »

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JUNE 9, 2010 6:51AM

SYTYCD Season 7 Top 10 Preview: Enter The Tiger

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 Alex Wong (left)  dancing in The Miami City Ballet year end show (Photo by: Sayre Berman)


Took me a while to understand the logic behind the new SYTYCD format.  None of the explanations being offered for the decision to cut the number of competing dancers down to ten… Read full post »



I really enjoyed Garret Keizur's review of the latest Phillip Pullman book over in Big Salon.  I reviewed it about a month ago for The Montreal Mirror, but from a different angle: the fact that it is one of the first major titles to be published as anRead full post »

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JUNE 3, 2010 7:51AM

So You Think You Can Dance season 7 Recap, L.A/Chicago


  Kent Boyd Contestant, Kent Boyd

Welcome back to  SYTYGTGOOTTSHAI.   The show formerly known as SYTYCD  now called So You Think You’re Going To Get One Of The Ten Spots? Ha! As If.

Why are they putting us through this audition torture? I mean, do the math. An av… Read full post »

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MAY 28, 2010 12:51AM

So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 NYC/Miami auditions

So You Think You Can Dance     

Nigel Lythgoe with permanent judge Mia Michaels and semi-perm Adam Shankman 


Welcome to  So You Think You Can Dance 7, the  scream free season with extra meanness and crying.

Scream free because Mary “hot tamale train” Murphy h… Read full post »

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APRIL 21, 2010 10:30AM

Book Review: Yann Martel's Beatrice & Virgil

B & V


Yann Martel and Henry, the narrator of Martel’s third novel Beatrice & Virgil, have a lot in common. They are both internationally bestselling, award winning, novelists. They are both proud fathers of a son called Theo. And at one point they both wrote a flipbook about The H… Read full post »

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APRIL 14, 2010 8:10AM

Spider Boy (My Son's Brain continued)


If you want to find out how I ended up at the E.R. of The Montreal Children’s Hospital with my three year old son, Ben, waiting for a room in the neurology ward you might want to read The Smell, or My Son’s Brain.  

It was now early evening and the… Read full post »

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MARCH 24, 2010 10:32AM

My Son's Brain


Photo 830      Ben, Self-Portrait #2

You may want to read the first part of this story, The Smell--if you want to find out how I ended up in an examining room at the E.R of the Montreal Children’s Hospital with my three-year-old son, Ben, his father, and a doctorRead full post »

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MARCH 23, 2010 7:19AM

Dancing With The Stars: Tweetcap

Disaster.  I promised to recap the first episode of Dancing With The Stars for Knightwriter (who thankfully for you guys will be recapping next week).  But discovered today the Canadian network that has always shown it until now, isn’t showing it this season.  

I'm in shock, espe/… Read full post »

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MARCH 19, 2010 2:02PM

Book Review: Ian McEwan's Solar



Last year I discovered my review of Amsterdam listed as recommended criticism on Ian McEwan’s official website. I was surprised because it was a fairly negative review of his only book to receive a Booker Prize.  My guess is that they posted it because in an interview the… Read full post »