Guest Post No. 24: Arjun Basu Crosses Canada; Finds The Smiths

Now-writer Arjun Basu’s life was changed by The Smiths. A must-read.


Arjun Basu is the author, most recently, of the much-loved novel “Waiting for the Man.” In 2008, he published “Squishy,” a collection of short stories that was shortlisted for the ReLit Prize. His stories have been published in many literary journals, including Matrixand Joyland. He also writes 140-character short stories he calls Twisters on Twitter (@ArjunBasu), which have won him a Shorty Award, lots of press, and a worldwide following. Arjun lives in Montreal with his wife, son, and dog.

We’d watched the Habs defeat the Flames for the Stanley Cup at a Husky station just outside of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Looking back at that time, I don’t know quite what made us leave Montreal during the finals, but we did, four of us, packed into an overpacked Toyota Tercel, making the summer pilgrimage to Banff, driving cross-country, our version of “On The Road.”

In 1986, we’d just graduated from CEGEP, one of those uniquely Quebec things, kind of…

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