The buzz for Norm Sibum's novel—a 700-page chunk of prose called The Traymore Rooms—has already started. But the publicity photo (above) by Montreal photographer Leslie Schachter is a remarkable event all on its own. I recruited some friends to help explain why.
He looks like character from an August Kleinzahler poem—an old saloon type.Nyla Matuk:
Looks like someone the Coen brothers would dream up if they did a movie about CanLit.
He looks like John Brown hiding in a Confederate mop closet.Evan Jones.
Looking at this picture, I think of Oscar Wilde's words after visiting Walt Whitman in Camden, New Jersey, in 1882: "The kiss of Walt Whitman is still on my lips."