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2017: Last Year’s Reading

By Stan Persky | 2018 January 1

Longer than a tweet, faster than a Fox News lie, here are some of the books of the year — read, re-read, and not-so-red in the Age of Trumpty-Dumpty.

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The Ins and Outs of the Labyrinth

By Stan Persky | 2017 October 24

It’s a flash-mob Greek tragedy. Stan Persky reviews “Adults in the Room,” the political memoir that tells you almost everything you need to know about the EU.

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Our Intrepid Reporter

By Stan Persky | 2017 October 15

Martha Gellhorn’s journalistic beat covered the globe. Today, there’s more reason than ever to read her dispatches from the front.

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Andrew Struthers’ Hippie Calculations

By John Harris | 2017 August 21

John Harris reviews Andrew Struthers’ new book from New Star Press.

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Against Tyranny: an urgent review of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny

By Brian Fawcett | 2017 July 24

Why you need to read this book — now.

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An Unslick Reckoning

By Brian Fawcett | 2017 June 7

Brian Fawcett reviews B.C. poet Ken Belford’s latest book. He likes Belford, but isn’t so sure about the new work.

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Larry Fagin and Prose Poems

By Stan Persky | 2017 May 28

Larry Fagin (1937-2017) thought that a lot of life was “off-the-cuff” and that “prose poems” were one way of conveying that insight.

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Desperately Seeking Readers

By Stan Persky | 2017 April 28

Reading is in big trouble, says critic Alex Good. CanLit, he adds, may be in even bigger trouble.

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Caitlin DeSilvey’s Proposition

By Brian Fawcett | 2017 April 24

As a “cultural geographer” wanders through abandoned industrial buildings in “Curated Decay,” Brian Fawcett wonders whether “autoethnography” is just another fancy academic term for preferring self-therapy to dealing with the mess in Detroit and the rest of a dying planet.

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Brawl on the Beach: The Making of an Absurdist Masterpiece

By Stan Persky | 2016 November 2

How Albert Camus’s literary classic came into being, despite an absurd world and an absent divinity.

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