Four of Hazlitt's favourite cookbook authors talk shop. Peter Meehan, Jennifer McLagan, Naomi Duguid, and Meredith Erickson on annoying food trends, what makes a great cookbook, and how they really feel about following recipes.
Canada’s Conservative government is trying to rewrite the country’s history books, ostensibly in an attempt to elevate the militaristic, and likely at the expense of its lesser-known iconoclasts. When will essential figures such as B.C.’s Amor De Cosmos get their due?
Even while writing about the mafia, life under fascism, and Silvio Berlusconi, the underlying theme of Alexander Stille's journalism has been about collective memory and how we conserve the past. With his recently published family memoir, The Force of Things, Stille has created one of the great cultural and social histories of the twentieth century.
Mishima meets Mapplethorpe—that's one way of describing the erotic, often violent, gay manga of Gengoroh Tagame. Which, thanks to book designer Chip Kidd, is proving to be an unlikely sensation with North American manga nerds. Hazlitt talks to Kidd and the artist himself.
The Citizen Lab director speaks with Wired columnist and New York Times Magazine contributing writer Clive Thompson about cybercrime, online surveillance, and why we might need a new Internet.
This is our seventh installment of Tabloid Fiction, in which an author chooses from the trashiest, most lurid, or just bizarre stories of the moment and writes a short story inspired by same. The following is a work of fiction.
Following a six-week case, cardiologist Dr Conrad Murray, 58, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after the jury decided his treatment of the singer had been criminally negligent. Murray, who will lose his medical licence, sat stone-faced as the unanimous verdict was delivered... He faces a maximum sentence of up to four years in prison. (Nick Allen, The Telegraph, Nov 7, 2011)
The Liberace of Stephen Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra (which premiered last Sunday on HBO) seems quite comfortable in his own skin. And yet, everywhere in Liberace’s life are signs that he apparently wanted to be just about anything other than what he was. There were, first of all, those costumes, lifted from a fantasia of how anyone dressed at any point in, you know, human history. He didn’t use the name he’d been given—everyone called him Lee, instead of his real name, Wladziu. He claimed to love women when, in fact, well, no. He tried to be a movie actor, a television actor, a sort of walking tourist attraction. Apparently, “just” being a millionaire classical pianist—an improbable path to success if ever there was one—brought him insufficient rewards (other than money, that is). To his critics, he was a big user of that phrase, “I cried all the way to the bank.” ... MORE
As her exhibition representing Canada at the 55th Venice Biennale opens, we talk with Shary Boyle about the inspiration behind her new work, what passes for the avant garde these days, and how doing Venice has distracted her from turning forty.
Americanah author Chimamanda Adichie describes herself as "old-fashioned," but her piercingly honest observations on race are anything but. She talks to Hazlitt about preferring black hair over baseball, and de-exotifying Nigeria for a North American audience.
Man to man.
If only I knew more about the human heart,
I could fuel its fire or stamp it out
completely. If only I knew more
about songbirds, I could tell you
exactly what is singing there unseen
in that tree across the street – that song
has been, so far, the best part of my day,
a song as old as our four-chambered hearts,
older maybe, a melody composed a million
years ago and never altered – surely
musical genius thrived before the wheel,
before our weapons and our calculus,
and when we’re gone that song
will continue in the trees and will not change.
Hazlitt talks with the author of Ghana Must Go about transnationalism, identity, and why we can’t escape our families.