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Lives From New York
On Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band and Robert Christgau's Going Into the City
The Essence of Archie
On Bart Beaty's Twelve-Cent Archie
‘That Old Lady is Really Letting it Rip’: An Interview with Alexandra Fuller
An Interview with the Author of Leaving Before the Rains Come
The Eternal Returns of the American Room
On Richard McGuire's Here
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

This Portentous Composition: Swan Lake’s Place in Soviet Politics

How the classic ballet has changed—and been changed by—the history of Russia.

The Girls on Shit Duty

A weeklong trip filled with deep-fried shore meals does funny things to a man’s insides. When you have to clean up the grisly aftermath, all you can do is laugh.

‘Just Get Seduced’: An Interview with Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen

The director and star of Jauja on their strange and dreamlike new film, the importance of props, and the happy accidents of filmmaking.

The Scars To Prove It

In the mid 2000s, new programs made it seem like Canada might finally reckon with the toxic legacy of residential schools. Less than 10 years later, they’re going broke and forgotten. Sounds familiar.

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Features

Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

On Dennis Hopper’s disavowed art-crime failure Backtrack, a film combining the work of Jenny Holzer, Jodie Foster as a glam-rock Patty Hearst, and Bob Dylan in a hardhat.

When Life is in Your Hands

A person’s right to die means the beginning of some difficult conversations. Here, a doctor on what patients, families, and physicians need to talk about.

Bringing Death to the Table

A person’s right to die means the beginning of some difficult conversations. Here, a son on what patients, families, and physicians need to talk about.

The Bluebirds

The third installment in our fiction series, wherein we’ve asked four 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

Winter

there’s a guy standing beside me
waiting for the bus

guy says
Israel is like a coffee cup

then he wipes his nose
on his sleeve

Israel is like a coffee cup? I say
how?

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.