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 The Guardian Writing about sex is never easy, but if authors pay attention to the darker side of desire they’re in with a chance Freud called the human tendency to inflict and receive pain during sex “the most common and important of … Continue readingGreat Prose can make the Earth Move
First appeared in The Quarterly Conversation Assuming the format of an Everyman’s dictionary of writers, Robert Bolaño’s novel Nazi Literature in the Americas, consists of a series of short profiles, thirty brief fictitious lives of pan American fascist novelists and poets, depicted with such straightforward … Continue readingBook Review: Nazi Literature in the Americas by Robert Bolaño
Most of us, through a combination of personal experience, education and advice from others, cultivate and try to follow as best we can, a set of values, ‘final narratives,’ beliefs, or central convictions about politics, love, sex, money, religion beauty, justice…in order to live a … Continue readingWhy Read Great Literature?