2017: Last Year’s Reading

January 1, 2018 by  
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Longer than a tweet, faster than a Fox News lie, here are some of the books of the year — read, re-read, and not-so-red in the Age of Trumpty-Dumpty.

The Ins and Outs of the Labyrinth

October 24, 2017 by  
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It’s a flash-mob Greek tragedy. Stan Persky reviews “Adults in the Room,” the political memoir that tells you almost everything you need to know about the EU.

Our Intrepid Reporter

October 15, 2017 by  
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Martha Gellhorn’s journalistic beat covered the globe. Today, there’s more reason than ever to read her dispatches from the front.

Andrew Struthers’ Hippie Calculations

August 21, 2017 by  
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John Harris reviews Andrew Struthers’ new book from New Star Press.

Against Tyranny: an urgent review of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny

July 24, 2017 by  
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Why you need to read this book — now.

An Unslick Reckoning

June 7, 2017 by  
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Brian Fawcett reviews B.C. poet Ken Belford’s latest book. He likes Belford, but isn’t so sure about the new work.

Larry Fagin and Prose Poems

May 28, 2017 by  
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Larry Fagin (1937-2017) thought that a lot of life was “off-the-cuff” and that “prose poems” were one way of conveying that insight.

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.

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