The most indicative part of the Republic of Rathnelly crest is probably the martini glasses. Each corner of the crest is meant to represent some part of Toronto’s Rathnelly neighbourhood as it was when it declared independence from Canada in 1967. The top right features a rough map of the streets that define the small but vivid corner of Toronto, tucked away north of Avenue and Dupont.
Technically speaking, all novelists evolved from apes; Elan Mastai, however, may be the first to have evolved from writing about them. Though he has since acquired some serious acclaim for his modern rom-com The F Word, and now his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays, his first gig was something a little less, uh, auspicious.
Three days before Christmas 2015, my friend Mark killed himself. He had a well-paid job at a respected law practice in London. He was close to his family and friends. He was about to go on honeymoon. He was just 38 years old.