First appeared in Fine Books and Collections magazine. Literary tourism is nothing new. Socrates, who trekking out to Delphi a millennia or two ago looking for truth, could be called a literary tourist; the beardless young Greeks who went to book discussion circles to hear … Continue readingLiterary Tourism in the Air
First appeared in Guerilla Magazine Charles Foran: Mordecai Richler was a person of notable contradictions: a Jew accused of being anti-Semitic; an ‘un-Canadian’ Canadian; a dutiful son who hated his mother. Nigel Beale: How do you think this kind of ‘definition by opposition’ played out … Continue readingInterview with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times
First appeared in Guerilla Magazine When an accomplished poet tells you that he also builds boats, makes guitars, and catalogues micro-organisms it’s pretty hard not to want to connect the dots. But what if the poet tells you there are no lines to be drawn? … Continue readingBruce Taylor and the Essential Fruits of Wasteful Curiosity
First appeared in The Guardian Too many academics have abandoned clarity and enthusiasm for cliquey obscurity Most readers of lit crit would doubtless agree that clear, persuasive, interesting writing is key. Why then are academics so intent on obfuscation? I recently found myself browsing and … Continue readingReadings to put you off Books
First appeared in The Guardian Helvetica’s clear, transparent appearance would seem to make it ideal for books. So why is it used so infrequently? I watched the documentary film ‘Helvetica‘ last night. It illustrates how ubiquitously this typeface lives in our visual culture, and argues … Continue readingWhy don’t Publishers use Helvetica?