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‘The Book is Like a Compost Heap’: An Interview with David Cronenberg
Calum Marsh speaks with the author about his debut novel, Consumed
A Bachelor in the White House?!
On Matt Bai's All the Truth Is Out
Where the Academic Meets the Brawl
On Kerry Howley's Thrown
Truer Than Fact: An Interview with Ann-Marie MacDonald
Kelli Korducki talks to the author of Adult Onset
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


‘The Book is Like a Compost Heap’: An Interview with David Cronenberg

The filmmaker discusses the process of writing his debut novel, great illiterate screenwriters, and finding beauty in our bodies’ grislier corners.

A Bachelor in the White House?!

Matt Bai’s All the Truth Is Out helps answer a baffling question: why do Americans care so much about the minutiae of their leaders’ lives?

Where the Academic Meets the Brawl

Kerry Howley’s debut book, Thrown, seems to fit into the tradition of the intellectual approaching a violent subculture with anthropological curiosity. Where it differs is in its uncommon empat...

Women For The Women and Men of Afghanistan’s Police

Under the “patriarchal rule” of Afghanistan, three female RCMP officers trained local police in ethical practices. Terry Gould profiles the work of these women in this excerpt from Worth Dying For.


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S.F. Liquid Planet Battle Pt. 1

How do you define an entire planet? Two mysterious travellers seek answers as war looms ahead in the first instalment of Ryan Cecil Smith’s Hazlitt debut.


Truer Than Fact: An Interview with Ann-Marie MacDonald

The author of Adult Onset on parenthood, trauma, and geeking out on psychoanalytic theory.

How to Feel About the End of the World

Catastrophe, capitalism, and unlikely optimism in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.

Don’t Want To Know Your Name

Does anonymity lead to incivility—or the opposite? Consider examples from Alfred Hermida’s Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters.

The Tub Is Just the Safest Place

It was the only sin that Julie had ever prearranged in her entire life.

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


In the Key of Ursa Minor

Three fake plastic bushes per sill
in the mall promenade.
A poor man’s Platonic ideal,
like the subset that forms in my heart
for the Tyrolean girls of retail.

My omniscience evaporates
outside the subject/object divide.
Not to say you aren’t lab rats
but I believe you believe I believe in free will.

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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.