Locking up offenders does little to prevent crime or make us safer. The history behind our impulse to punish
The necessity of funding contemporary art, even if you don’t like it
Father Thomas Rosica, Catholic priest and smooth media operator, is an expert at spreading the Word
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik is an aesthete of the ordinary, and this year’s Massey lecturer
Can the faith of Quebec’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet restore the Catholic Church to innocence?
Jazz inspired Michael Snow, the most influential Canadian artist of all time, to explore the unexplored
Anselm Kiefer’s Heaven and Earth
How one Vancouver artist is breaking down cultural and consumer stereotypes
After decades in a fiery cultural forge, Polish art emerged sharp and beautiful.
But have the country’s ghosts returned to dull the edge?
Angry, eloquent, fragile, native artist Rebecca Belmore takes her new work to the Venice Biennale
Can Thomas Homer-Dixon’s “prospective mind” help us thrive after global crises?
Three atheists argue for reason in the face of faith
Safe Haven: The Possibility of Sanctuary in an Unsafe World by Larry Gaudet Random House Canada (2007), 288 pp. In 2004, novelist Larry Gaudet moved with his wife and two sons from Toronto to a house he had built in … Continued
Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut compiled and edited by John Bennett and Susan Rowley McGill-Queen’s UP (2004), 473 pp. “Inuit Quajimajatuqangit” is a form of knowledge passed down from generation to generation — how to build an igloo, how … Continued
Four new titles of note
Four new titles of note
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté Knopf Canada (2008), 480 pp. One of the six realms on the Buddhist Wheel of Life is the Hungry Ghost Realm, its inhabitants “creatures with scrawny necks, … Continued
Religion remains a powerful force, according to Charles Taylor
James Orbinski’s life as a humanitarian doctor
The quiet force of photographer Larry Towell
Chris Scott tackles the trackless wilderness
America’s genocidal history, as discussed in Ronald Wright’s new book
Prophecies of impending doom—based on hard science as well as Scripture—abound. Where does our appetite for retribution come from?
Eight essential spring books
Canada’s Mark Lewis launches an ambitious (and expensive) project for the Venice Biennale
Is the Canadian military prepared for the mental health consequences of our deadliest conflict since the Korean War?
The Toronto International Film Festival’s vaulting ambition to create a world-class centre for film