The heroic narrative of CanLit was already history. The closure of Douglas & McIntyre is merely punctuation
How Mordecai Richler taught a generation of writers to think big
Letting go of the French-English duality
Adventures in Waynejohnstonland
How Shanghai’s citizens view their city’s seemingly unending growth.
Commercial concupiscence consumes global culture
On the road with Noah Richler
hong kong—Imagine this seating chart for a dinner at a literary festival in Hong Kong. A Chinese-American novelist sits next to an English author of Indian extraction. To his right, a writer of thrillers from mainland China has a spot … Continued
Cervantes’ man of la Mancha rides again
Tariq Ali’s Islam Quintet paints a softer face on the historical interactions between Muslims and the West
books by tom wolfe discussed in this essay: I Am Charlotte Simmons HarperCollins (2004) 676 pp., $37.95 Hooking Up Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2000) 293 pp., $35 A Man in Full Bantam Books (1998) 704 pp., $23 (paperback) The Bonfire … Continued
Books discussed in this essay An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 320 pp., $36 Buddha by Karen Armstrong Penguin 205 pp., $19 Suppose for a moment that we really are … Continued
On Abraham Lincoln, The O.C., and the demise of the typographical mind
danang—“Charlie don’t surf – but you can,” promises the Internet brochure for the U.K.-based Wild Frontiers “Apocalypse Now 2004” tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The line is a paraphrase from a scene in the Francis Ford Coppola classic, just … Continued
Why can’t the Canadian dialect match others for sparkle?
The lingo springing from the computer keyboard is the way we write
US writers keep mining our stuff-packed, consumerist world. Why do Canadians prefer to keep things tidy?
Mat saleh calling it English killer language. Wah. For chiak kantang, salary-men it a bit the different, lah?
More than thirty years after publication, St. Urbain’s Horseman finally hits the screen
Mystic Trudeau: The Fire and the Rose by B. W. Powe Thomas Allen Publishers (2007), 256 pp. Consider the pirouette. In May 1977, at a reception in Buckingham Palace, the prime minister of Canada spun away from the Queen of … Continued
Brideshead Revisited and the Flyte to Canada
Is it the end of an era for Jewish-American writing?
A trip through Munro country, where the writer became herself
Vincent Lam’s miraculous book goes under the knife for television