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The Times You Go Into the Darkness: An Interview with Alison Pick
An Interview with the author of Between Gods
The Lives of Students
On Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars
Religion Fights Back
An Excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood
‘The Novel Is Like a Room’—an Interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard
The author of My Struggle talks about his most epic of autobiographies
The attraction of lunatic balls seems to have come not only from the fear of violence or unpredictability in asylum-dwellers’s behaviour, but from the existential threat of being forced to ponder the blurry distinction between sanity and insanity.— Linda Besner

Features

The Times You Go Into the Darkness: An Interview with Alison Pick

The author of Between Gods on uncovering family secrets, converting, and the vulnerability of self-discovery.

Who Wears a Belt Buckle? And Other Irresistible Mysteries

Serial has 1.26 million listeners hungry for clues that might only add up to chaos: like W.G. Sebald or Toronto writer Martha Baillie, it plays on our impulse to make sense...

A House Of Many Mansions, A Nation Of No Lessons

Witch trials, whispers of genocide, and colonialism’s real legacy—our final dispatch from the Central African Republic.

The Real Lolita

The story of 11-year-old Sally Horner’s abduction changed the course of 20th-century literature. She just never got to tell it herself.

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Comix

The Stealing Bugs Pt. 3

If we can imagine eating bugs to imbue ourselves with strange sexual powers, surely we can imagine everyday life with those… things still inside, ticking away.

Features

‘It’s Okay to Sound Stupid. It’s Not Okay to Sound Mean’: An Interview with Carey Mercer

The beloved leader of Frog Eyes discusses his first book, Clouds of Evil.

The Ghomeshi Paradox

By attempting to discredit his victims, Ghomeshi lost his own credibility. This time, the public listened to the survivors; will they continue to?

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‘We’re All Surrealists Now’: An Interview with Will Self

During a visit to his London home, the author and noted perambulator talks about his new novel, the pathologies and addictions of late capitalism, and his present “end-of-days consciousness.”

Friends Wanted for Lonely Soldiers

The first instalment in a new fiction series, wherein we’ve asked five authors to write a short story inspired by World War I. Commissioned in partnership with the Globe and Mail.

In this ancient Pompeii, sex was marketed unapologetically, with a directness that would shame the most mercenary of modern advertisers. Independent sex workers used graffiti to advise clients of prices and locations, while erotic frescos functioned as non-verbal signage for brothels, luring in passersby.— Alexandra Kimball

Poetry

#TheKnownUniVersace

Love flattens time.
The groceries in the trunk hyperventilate beneath the locks.
Old men substitute video games for bathing.
It’s a vegetarian act to eat a predator.
The sum of the squares of the first seven primes is 666.
Practicing disdain now constitutes 60% of billable hours.
The convention centre is also a mortuary.
Dice rattle in the breath as though the chest were a craps table and each lung a cup.
Civil rights in our day is a movement against body odour.
A fat man jogs in time-lapse.
More effort goes into social media strategy than elevators.

Hazlitt Books

Song of the Caged Bird

A stint teaching at a writer’s workshop in Ramallah leads the author to examine the Palestinian resistance through the literature that has shaped it. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.

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Our Pet Queen

How royalty went from almighty overlords to household mongrels — a new perspective on the monarchy. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.

Video

Pagelicker 5.0: Andrew Kaufman

Host Robert Dayton makes a cup of hot cocoa for author Andrew Kaufman as they discuss Kaufman’s latest novel, Born Weird, and the many ways in which families both make you and mess you up.