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D.M. Fraser

D.M. Fraser

Former residence, 4394 Main St.

  • Author: Britt S. Baker
  • Date Posted: Aug 15, 2015
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  • Address: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 4360 Main St.

D.M. Fraser

Photo credit: John Reeves


Location: Plaque is on lamppost in front of 4360 Main St.

D.M. Fraser lived above Morris’s Second Hand Store near this location in an apartment dubbed the Vancouver Least Cultural Centre (a parody of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, a popular venue for theatre and music).

Those days: a mousetrap for time, an intention that hid itself in the cobwebs, eyes bright and nose a-quiver, the moment we named it. ‘Let’s make memories,’ janey said.

From Masterpiece Avenue
Fraser’s friends often gathered here for private literary readings. He became a semi-legendary, semi-underground figure – the brilliant, softspoken, alcoholic writer who did some of his most important work in seedy bars – during an era when some of his essays appeared in the Georgia Straight under the editorship of Bob Mercer. Escaping as far west as he could from the conservatism of his Nova Scotian upbringing, Fraser became a vital component of the Pulp Press collective that has given rise to Arsenal Pulp Press, the Three-Day Novel Contest and Geist magazine. Class Warfare (1974) and The Voice of Emma Sachs (1982) are his two major books.

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Fraser’s friends often gathered here for private literary readings. He became a semi-legendary, semi-underground figure – the brilliant, softspoken, alcoholic writer who did some of his most important work in seedy bars – during an era when some of his essays appeared in the Georgia Straight under the editorship of Bob Mercer. Escaping as far west as he could from the conservatism of his Nova Scotian upbringing, Fraser became a vital component of the Pulp Press collective that has given rise to Arsenal Pulp Press, the Three-Day Novel Contest and Geist magazine. Class Warfare (1974) and The Voice of Emma Sachs (1982) are his two major books.

Those days: a mousetrap for time, an intention that hid itself in the cobwebs, eyes bright and nose a-quiver, the moment we named it. ‘Let’s make memories,’ janey said.

From Masterpiece Avenue

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