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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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Mein Trumpf, or Through a Cracked Crystal Ball Darkly

By Stan Persky | 2016 October 17

Reading the far-right subculture.

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In Madrid: Landscape with Ghosts

By Stan Persky | 2016 September 5

In Spain’s capital there are absent poets, the absence of government, and terrace cafes on a late summer afternoon

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Say Something

By Stan Persky | 2016 July 17

What distinguishes humans from other animals? Here’s Noam Chomsky on the language question.

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Twitter Storm Spatters Elderly Writers Talese and Trillin

By Stan Persky | 2016 April 13

Veteran writers Gay Talese and Calvin Trillin come under digital fire. The Old People’s Review of Books rushes to their defense.

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Letter from Berlin: What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy?

By Stan Persky | 2016 February 29

Eyes on the Spies. Revisiting the Cold War with Steven Spielberg and John le Carre.

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Losing Sleep

By Brian Fawcett | 2016 February 14

Brian Fawcett tries to figure out why Nino Ricci’s new novel, Sleep, didn’t register with Canada’s Book Prize Juries.

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Forever Old

By Stan Persky | 2016 February 7

It’s Oscar season. Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” isn’t nominated for Best Picture, but it’s as interesting as anything else on view.

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