Vatican Council II’s Last Great Champion

By Daniel Gawthrop | June 12, 2013

Dan Gawthrop, a lapsed Roman Catholic, makes a case for the life and work of his childhood bishop, Remi De Roo, one of the few surviving participants of the Second Vatican Council.

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Language and Silence, or, Just Shut the Fook Up

By Stan Persky | March 26, 2013

Tim Parks travels to the end of his mind in search of a little peace and quiet.

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The Mother-in-Law Joke

By Stan Persky | February 27, 2013

Stephen Marche thinks it’s the Golden Age of reading and writing. Howard Jacobson thinks readers are disappearing and fiction is “fooked” (as they say in England). Stan Persky investigates.

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When Atoms Collide

By Stan Persky | February 2, 2013

Stephen Greenblatt tells the story of a Renaissance book-hunter’s trip to the library. Stan Persky looks at Greenblatt’s “The Swerve” and the pushback from its critics.

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Bowering’s Pinboy

By Brian Fawcett | December 23, 2012

Brian Fawcett offers a review of George Bowering’s Pinboy

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“This is the Age of Aquarius. The candles will blow themselves out.”

By Stan Persky | July 3, 2012

Stan Persky reads a long biography of Richard Brautigan.

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Reading Stan Persky Reading the 21st Century

By Norbert Ruebsaat | June 1, 2012

Norbert Ruebsaat files an appreciation of Stan Persky’s Reading the 21st Century.

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Megaballers: Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt

By John Harris | June 1, 2012

John Harris takes on Charlotte Gill’s award winning book on treeplanting. He thinks it’s pretty good, but better on forestry and treeplanting than on the treeplanters themselves.

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Terry Glavin’s Afghanistan, and ours, too.

By Brian Fawcett | April 6, 2012

Terry Glavin doesn’t see Afghanistan the way the mass media and the progressive left do. Brian Fawcett thinks he’s got it right, and that we’re all involved.

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Who Killed CanLit?

By John Harris | March 26, 2012

John Harris looks at the recent Canadian Notes and Queries issue on who killed CanLit, whether or not it’s really dead, and whether a bunch of comfortable white guys are positioned to determine its condition.

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