Desperately Seeking Readers

April 28, 2017 by  
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Reading is in big trouble, says critic Alex Good. CanLit, he adds, may be in even bigger trouble.

Caitlin DeSilvey’s Proposition

April 24, 2017 by  
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As a “cultural geographer” wanders through abandoned industrial buildings in “Curated Decay,” Brian Fawcett wonders whether “autoethnography” is just another fancy academic term for preferring self-therapy to dealing with the mess in Detroit and the rest of a dying planet.

Brawl on the Beach: The Making of an Absurdist Masterpiece

November 2, 2016 by  
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How Albert Camus’s literary classic came into being, despite an absurd world and an absent divinity.

Mein Trumpf, or Through a Cracked Crystal Ball Darkly

October 17, 2016 by  
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Reading the far-right subculture.

In Madrid: Landscape with Ghosts

September 5, 2016 by  
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In Spain’s capital there are absent poets, the absence of government, and terrace cafes on a late summer afternoon

Say Something

July 17, 2016 by  
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What distinguishes humans from other animals? Here’s Noam Chomsky on the language question.

Twitter Storm Spatters Elderly Writers Talese and Trillin

April 13, 2016 by  
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Veteran writers Gay Talese and Calvin Trillin come under digital fire. The Old People’s Review of Books rushes to their defense.

Letter from Berlin: What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy?

February 29, 2016 by  
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Eyes on the Spies. Revisiting the Cold War with Steven Spielberg and John le Carre.

Losing Sleep

February 14, 2016 by  
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Brian Fawcett tries to figure out why Nino Ricci’s new novel, Sleep, didn’t register with Canada’s Book Prize Juries.

Forever Old

February 7, 2016 by  
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It’s Oscar season. Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” isn’t nominated for Best Picture, but it’s as interesting as anything else on view.

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