Harold Brodkey, Profane Friendship (1994). The literary career of Harold Brodkey (1930-1996), which began so promisingly with short stories, many of them initially published by the New Yorker, and then collected in First Love and Other Sorrows (1958), turned out to be, according... [Read more...]Quebec Charter of Values by Sidney Australia
(Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.) As a Globe and Mail op-ed piece asked the morning after the April 7, 2014 Quebec provincial election, “Who would have bet, just 33 days ago, that Philippe Couillard would become the 31st premier of Quebec?” Couillard, for those... [Read more...]Chronicles of Chronos: Ian Reid by Stan Persky
One of the many weird features of old age is that you occasionally (or often) wake up at 4:30 or 5 in the morning (sometimes just because the dreams have gotten too idiotic), and all the things, both particular and general, that add up to your “life,” wash over you... [Read more...]
Newest ArticlesChronicles of Chronos: Ian Reid
Stan Persky checks the time.On the Margaret Wente Annual Anti-University Column
This year, Margaret Wente thinks professors aren’t working enough. The underworked Stan Persky checks it out.Crisis in Ukraine: it’s hard to tell the players, even with a scorecard, and a bunch of hyperlinks.
Stan Persky tries to sort out the strands in the Ukrainian web.The Lady, the Cult, and the Dented Halo
Dan Gawthrop on the future of Myanmar, and its internationally renowned political figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, “The Lady.”Orwell’s Nightmare: 75 Years Later
Seventy-five years after its publication, Stan Persky takes note of George Orwell’s “Homage to Catalonia,” and its anniversary.Read all articles
Newest ReviewsLove in Venice
What to read on the way to Venice.Is It a Beauty? Is It Great?
It’s Oscar season. Dooney’s goes to the movies to see Paolo Sorrentino’s “Great Beauty.”Cinefile: “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”
It’s Oscar time. Stan Persky goes to the movies and sees Oscar Isaac in a grim folk song film by the Coen brothers.Dirty Laundry
Stan Persky on a sex biography of Gore Vidal.Cliffhanger
Stan Persky checks out a new book that asks, “Should we read in the digital age?”Read all reviews