by Chris Frey
The American novelist and war correspondent talks about his gripping new book, Lawrence in Arabia , and situates the much mythologized British leader of the Arab Revolt in the broader context of World War I, and the dark, often duplicitous maneuvers on its Eastern Front.
by Tom Jokinen
There’s a great tradition, from Poe to The Wire , of the crime drama that forgets it's a crime drama—and concerns itself, instead, with the minutiae of its characters’ lives. The author’s favourite book of 2013, Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn & Child , is a model of the genre.
by Carl Wilson
In a Montreal record store in the mid-eighties I stumbled on a puzzle. It was a cassette featuring a blue-tinted picture of a ripped blond white guy holding a surfboard and a logo of a...
by Linda Besner
To those deemed worthy, six weeks at the MacDowell Colony bring new work, friendships, and great meals. Compare this to the Canadian model, in which artists (even emerging ones) receive just enough to live on from governments. Which way works best?
A woman shattered by the end of her marriage seeks temporary solace in a spa treatment—and finds the experience more therapeutic than she expected. Part of the series Household Gods, a collection of stories about our relationship to famous people and how celebrities infiltrate our private lives.
The Group of Seven imagined a rural, wild Canada, devoid of people, out of history. Kim Dorland’s new exhibit “You Are Here” revisits those landscapes, but with a twist: humans are present, but nature may not be too hospitable toward them.
“Love is complicated, if it exists,” the New Yorker staffer writes in his new book of essays, White Girls —an eminently tolerant and forgiving collection, even when it’s calling out the stupidity of the society that helped produce it.
The story of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong isn’t just about the greatest doping conspiracy in sports history—it's about the nature of corruption. In this excerpt from Braking Bad: Chasing Lance Armstrong and the Cancer of Corruption , author Richard Poplak asks what kind of man is best fit to excel at the Tour de France.
by Ivor Tossell
In many ways, Rob Ford is a study in absences. He came into office looking like a man who would galvanize the city. He promised to stage a winner-takes-all battle between city and suburb, a grand contest of ideas between socialists and conservatives. As it turned out, he wasn’t so much with the ideas. He seems forever stuck at half-a-Dale Carnegie: he can make friends, but not influence people.
by Chris Frey
The Maclean’s columnist speaks to Hazlitt about the dangers of underestimating Stephen Harper—a man whom, as many have learned, you write off as a tyrant, a loner, or a petty ideologue at your own peril.
by Calum Marsh
Joel and Ethan Coen don’t just challenge their characters—they punish them, humiliate them, are even accused of hating them. But just because they put their creations through the wringer, doesn’t mean they delight in their despair.
Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad may have been masterful, but his character's fate was always in the hands of writer-showrunner Vince Gilligan. Then again, the show's audience probably had something to say about it, too.