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.
Brian Fawcett offers a review of George Bowering’s Pinboy
Stan Persky reads a long biography of Richard Brautigan.
Norbert Ruebsaat files an appreciation of Stan Persky’s Reading the 21st Century.
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.
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.
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.
Stan Persky assesses Christopher Bram’s history of contemporary gay writing.
Brian Fawcett offers a slightly different take on Michael Ondaatje’s new novel..
Stan Persky goes on a Michael Ondaatje voyage.