Over the past twenty years, The Walrus has been a steady bellwether of must-read writing. For our 20th anniversary, we’ve collected works that still surprise us, impress us, move us.
Here are some of the best pieces of literary criticism that we’ve published.
BY CASEY PLETT
Too often, trans characters are written as tortured heroes. We’re more complex than that
BY DALE HRABI
Poetic genius, bohemian, copywriter: she taught me to never compromise
BY ADNAN KHAN
There’s a burden on writers of colour to tell stories of trauma. Authors like Dany Laferrière refuse to play along
BY DENI ELLIS BÉCHARD
Kerouac’s French-Canadian roots hold the key to his literary identity
BY ANDRÉ FORGET
Our national life is exciting, dramatic, and unpredictable. Why don’t more Canadian novelists write about it?
BY JASON GURIEL
Why critics need to stop getting personal in their essays