When news broke yesterday that John Berger, the critic and novelist, had died at age 90, it was tempting to take it as a sign that 2017 would be little more than a baleful continuation of the previous 12 months.
from The Stories of John Cheever First published in The New Yorker in 1949, “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor” takes Cheever out of his suburban milieu and into the heart of New York City; atypically for the
The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century Jennifer Welsh House of Anansi Press One of humanity’s most nettlesome characteristics is its stubborn inability to learn from its mistakes. As a species, we remain blithely ignorant
from The Boat In yesterday’s Globe and Mail, the columnist John Semley recalls listening to an episode of the podcast In Our Time. The podcast convinced him to spend an afternoon rereading Animal Farm, George Orwell’s allegory about Stalin’s rise
As the world begins to process the results from this week’s American election, two questions seem to bubble to the surface. The first is, how did we get here? How did America, long seen as a bastion of hope and
from The Best of Joe R. Lansdale Even among horror fans, Texas novelist and short-story writer Joe R. Lansdale is something of a cult figure. He is arguably best known for the film adaptation of his short story “Bubba Ho-Tep,”
from Games with Greta and Other Stories Slovenian writer Suzana Tratnik, who was an instrumental figure in the 1980s LGBTQ movement in the former Yugoslavia, is an almost defiantly unsentimental writer. The stories in Games with Greta are urban and
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Simon & Schuster On Sept. 23, 2016, Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 67th birthday. Just over two weeks earlier, on Sept. 7, the storied rock ’n’ roller, backed by the legendary E Street Band, broke the
The second of in a series of roundtables meant to address the fate of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador took place in St. John’s on Oct. 6, and it’s safe to say it didn’t go quite as well as hoped.
Gloria Naylor, the Manhattan-born, Yale-educated author of novels such as The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day has died at the age of 66. An obituary in The New York Times lists the cause of death as