Authors

Ian McEwan.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Ian McEwan, the acclaimed author of Amsterdam, Atonement, and Saturday, among many other works, talks about his youthful “reckless pessimism”, his currently optimistic world view, and what it means to live a good life.

The Long Hello by Cathie Borrie.

The Long Hello: Memory, My Mother, and Me by Cathie Borrie is a compassionate telling of the love that exists in extreme conditions.

Books by Rachel Kushner, Geoff Dyer, and Peter Gizzi.

Many contemporary novels, however enjoyable, seem content tracing the doings and events and psychologies corralled inside their clearly delineated piece of fictional terrain. Other novels, however, throw open the windows and let the world’s chaos blow throw a narrative.

An extraordinary mind.

Given the serious and slightly bleak tone of my last column, I had intended to make this one brighter. Then David Foster Wallace died, at age 46. I previously wrote about Wallace’s book of essays Consider the Lobster, but it’s important to bring his work up again. He was very likely the best and most important American writer of his generation.

Fiction by Erin Morgenstern, Catherynne M. Valente, and Nick Harkaway.

Few things in literature are as effective at capturing the imagination as meticulously detailed worlds.

A rare breed.

“You throw yourself on the benevolence of the world, believing some kind of wisdom will come of it.” —Canadian explorer Wade Davis

Memoirs by Roger Ebert, Neil Young, and Stephen King.

There are few attributes that I admire more than productivity. I am captivated by those with the ability not just to create, and not just to create well, but to create well and often.

Celebrating our 15th anniversary.

Storytelling—and telling stories well—is a craft mastered by few. Here, five wordsmiths who have left a lasting impression.

Celebrating our 15th anniversary.

Over the past 15 years, we have spent time with many individuals, and through words and pictures we have endeavoured to reveal truths about them. Herewith, an eyeful of our portraiture.