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What happened to Canada?

Brendon M. H. Larson (Waterloo): Seeking Citizenship: The Norway Maple in Canada. Alexander Moens and Alex Bartos (Fraser Institute): Canada's Catch-22: The State of Canada-US Relations in 2014. From ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, a special issue on sexual landscapes, lives and livelihoods in Canada. Jordan Michael Smith on Michael Ignatieff, the intellectual who wanted to be a politician. Peter Clarke reviews Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics by Michael


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At Salon, Laura Miller interviews the literary theorist Franco Moretti, whose methods are largely quantitative and whose work avoids focusing on a few universally approved texts. “I’m interested in understanding the culture at large, rather than just its best results,” he explains. “I have no doubt that canonical books are best—although we can spend days arguing

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Great Book/Great Movie

Willie OsterweilWhat does it mean for a movie adaptation to be "true to the book"? Many movies based on novels unimaginatively transcribe plot and dialogue, as if the difference between literature and cinema were

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Navidad & Matanza

Navidad & Matanza, Chilean novelist Carlos Labbé's first book in English translation, wreaks havoc on narrative rules from the start and keeps doing it pretty much constantly.

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Carl Wilson

What does it mean to have good taste? Is the idea of taste relevant anymore? Music critic Carl Wilson reflects on these questions in his 2007 "case study" of Céline Dion, Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.

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"Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess"

Ellen Willis

Here, in an essay originally published in 1989 in the Village Voice and reprinted in the new book The Essential Ellen Willis, Willis dwells on feminism, the concept of excess (sex and drugs), abstinence, gay rights, parenthood, and AIDS. Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and in this piece she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear.

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