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On this day in 1911, Czesław Miłosz was born—just the occasion to ponder “why we cling to what our poets say.” In our current issue, Molly Wesling writes about being the Nobel laureate’s assistant, “the golden ring of part-time jobs.” Check you her piece (and take a peak at the other gems this issue holds) right here.
It’s garage sale season, and in the spirit of clearing house, Brick is offering a heck of a deal on our more plentiful back issues. From now until the end of August, order Brick 71, 75, 76, 78, 79, and 81 for only $1 plus shipping. (If you want to stop by Brick headquarters to pick them up, the savings get even better. Just give us a call at 416-593-9684 for coordinates.)
Every one of these issues is a knockout, timeless Brick. You’ll find writing by Dionne Brand, Geoff Dyer, Sheila Heti, W. S. Merwin, Robert Hass, John Berger, Lisa Moore, A. L. Kennedy, and many more, as well as conversations with the likes of Charles Bukowski, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Toni Morrison, and Marilynne Robinson. Snap up your copies while the sale lasts—and spread the word to fellow Brick-lovers.
“For decades, mere mention of the name James Salter has been a kind of secret literary handshake. He is one of the most highly respected contemporary American stylists but also a writer ‘who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure,’ as Susan Sontag wrote.” So begins Kevin Rabalais’ introduction to his Brick 87 interview with the author of such novels as The Hunters, Light Years, and, most recently, All That Is. Now excerpted online, their conversation ranges from the ineffable process of writing a novel, to Salter’s love of As I Lay Dying, to the composition of A Sport and a Pastime when the writer felt “finally [he] was doing the right thing.”
A friend and supporter of Brick, Salter died on Friday, June 19, 2015.
“I hadn’t known you could do that with a sentence, an image. With memory,” Marina Endicott writes of reading E. C. Spykman’s Terrible, Horrible Edie in Brick 95. Endicott is one of seventeen writers who discuss formative childhood books in our new issue. Read her marvellous, wonderful piece right here—then order the issue to enjoy them all.
Congratulations to the winner of our Books for Brains contest, Hannah Brown! Too clever for our trick question, she correctly answered that in Brick 95, the Rio cinema Javier Montes writes about visiting is a living room “transformed into the Metropolitian or Excelsior cinema . . . Flamengo Odeon or Paramount or whatever it was called.” A copy of Montes’s The Hotel Life, courtesy of Hispabooks, is headed her way.
“This is the thing about children’s stories: the good ones, they leave a mark. Somewhere in your memory, or on your soul, or in your DNA—whichever one you believe in—there is a small bumpy scar, like an overgrown crab-claw cut, left by that story.”
— Aga Maksimowska, Brick 95
Our Summer 2015 issue has arrived, chock-full of astonishing writing from some of our favourites, including John Irving, Kyo Maclear, Javier Montes, Jeannie Marshall, John Berger, and Erica Johnson Debeljak. You’ll find seventeen writers discussing the books of their youth; an interview with James McBride; poetry by Chad Campbell, Sharon Olds, and John Freeman; and a short story by Madeleine Thien. Order your copy right here.
On April 13, Uruguayan author and journalist Eduardo Galeano died. In tribute, we’ve made Mark Fried’s Brick 83 piece about his relationship with the author and the process of translating his work available online. You can read it right here.
We were saddened to learn of the death of Nobel laureate and contributor Tomas Tranströmer, a poet Robert Hass called “one of the most urgent imaginations of our time.”
Congratulations to Gerald Hodge, winner of our latest Books for Brains contest. We asked what hotel Bill Gaston references in his Brick 94 piece, “The Meaning of Wilderness,” and Gerald correctly answered that it was the Empress in Victoria. Gaston refers to an incident where a cougar was found in the elegant hotel’s underground parkade.
Thank you to everyone who entered. Gerald will receive a copy of Gaston’s Juliet Was a Surprise, provided by the wonderful team at Penguin Random House.