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In Books

Ethical Pearls
John Lingan on Eleanor Clark's The Oysters of Locmariaquer
Alone in a Different Reality
On Andrew O'Hagan's The Illuminations
What’s the Point of Arguing?
Linda Besner on I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel
The Bright Side of Individualism
On Emily White's Count Me In
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


Ethical Pearls

The Oysters of Locmariaquer, published half a century ago, feels like a precursor to the work of Eula Biss and Leslie Jamison—minus the modern worry over the possible harm of such storytelling.

Bleak Chic

Our books, movies, and television shows are arguably bleaker than ever. What’s behind the encroaching, thickening darkness?

Alone in a Different Reality

In Andrew O’Hagan’s The Illuminations, a woman struggles watching her mother enter the early stages of dementia. But can a different reality be a better place to...

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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‘I’m Okay, Are You Okay?’: An Interview with Bruce McCulloch

The Canadian comedy fixture on punk rock, drunk dads, and adapting his life for stage and screen.

What’s the Point of Arguing?

In David Shields and Caleb Powell’s I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, a problem involving doors and goats shows what arguments are really about.

Change Your Mind, Change Yourself: An Interview with the Dardennes

The sibling filmmakers on letting a story grow organically, the challenges of representing depression on screen, and finding variances in a repetitive structure.

It’s Always Sunny and Warm in Windsor

Two men and a pregnant woman are caught in a blizzard during the journey from Toronto to Windsor. An outtake from the acclaimed novel Emancipation Day.

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



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

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.


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.