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What Comfort Does ‘Terror’ Bring?
On Masha Gessen's The Brothers
John Vaillant and Louise Dennys in Conversation
The author of The Jaguar's Children talks with his long-time editor
Odds and Sods: On Rachel Kushner, Roberto Bolaño, and Literary B-Sides
On Rachel Kushner's The Strange Case of Rachel K
Lives From New York
On Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band and Robert Christgau's Going Into the City
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

Punk-Rock Comedy in a Late-Night Suit

In praise of David Letterman, the preeminent establishment-backed comedy revolutionary, on the day of his final show.

The Heartbreak Kids

A scientific exploration of teenage devastation.

Page One: Writing on the Road

“Creating our funeral slideshows in real time.” On the journal as notebook of the psyche.

‘Our Brownness Does Not Belong Here’

How Brown should a Brown person be?

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Features

‘Am I Womansplaining To You?’: An Interview With Jessica Hopper

Talking to the author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic about Riot Grrrl, how kids change your taste, and getting permission to be a critic.

I Stole A Pen From Douglas Adams’ Grave

Fourteen years after his death, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author’s influence can be as much a burden as it is a source of comfort.

What Comfort Does ‘Terror’ Bring?

The word “terrorism” can draw senseless violence into a larger narrative, but the modern application of the term is inconsistent and dangerous.

The Lesson

The fourth and final 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.