Plants, too, have life. A different sort of life, certainly. You might even say a lesser sort. But life all the same. Like us, they consume, expel, rejuvenate, and wither; unlike us, they are not conscious of doing so. What, then, would it take for a human to become a plant? Would they simply have … More Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Buying a gift for a bibliophile this year? Grab something from this list to get in their good books. … More Books They’ll Love: A Holiday Gift Guide
The looming specter of Michael Ondaatje’s iconic character Caravaggio haunts In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient and Divisadero, providing a common thread between all three novels. … More Stealing History: David Caravaggio in Michael Ondaatje’s Novels
Today, President-Elect Trump shared his official winter reading list — an eclectic mix that is sure to delight readers young and old alike. It might come as a surprise that Trump has chosen to continue one of Obama’s beloved traditions, given that he has vowed to overturn nearly all of his predecessor’s accomplishments. We assume … More President-Elect Trump’s 2016 Winter Reading List
David, the protagonist of Nino Ricci’s latest, Sleep, suffers from a sleep disorder. He lives on the edge of a precipice; his ability to stay conscious and avoid blacking out at inopportune moments—while driving with his young son in the back seat, as occurs at the start of the book, for example—is dependent entirely on … More Review of Nino Ricci’s Sleep
A few months back, I was rummaging through the bins at Toronto’s annual Old Book and Paper Show when something caught my eye: the frontispiece of the 1833 publication of Lord Byron’s collected works.
It wasn’t until later that I discovered this piece of paper encapsulates a fascinating moment in the history of art and literature, and is linked, albeit in a tangential way, to one of the most infamous acts of sabotage in literary history. … More Murray, Turner, and the Burning of Byron’s Memoirs: Observations on a Frontispiece From Byron’s Collected Works
Summer: sandcastles, kites, ice cream, cannonballs, sunshine—what’s not to love? Over the past few weeks, we’ve been inundated with book recommendations that reinforce this idyllic idea of summer. Sure, they pair nicely with a Mai Tai by the pool, but what if, like us, you’ve watched summer speeding past from the wrong side of an … More Alternative Summer Reading Recommendations for Sad Sacks Like You