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“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.
Upon Robert Stone’s recent passing, Madison Smartt Bell wrote at The New Yorker’s Page Turner blog that Stone “was one of the most widely read people [he had] ever met. . . . All his knowledge never settled into wisdom’s contentment—his streak of anger was too broad for that, and he learned all he knew in order to make art out of it, art with a furious energy.”
The energy so admired will undoubtedly live on through Stone’s writing. In Issue 40, Brick had the pleasure of working with Robert Stone as a contributor. His essay “The Red Universe” explores the mystery of American writer Stephen Crane and his novel The Red Badge of Courage. We’ve made the piece available online for you right here in gratitude for Stone’s many contributions to history, culture, and the world’s art.
Congratulations to contributor David Harsent on winning the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for his latest collection, Fire Songs. In Brick 82, Harsent recalls a thirty-foot “dice with death” in “The Drop,” and takes us on a journey in "Long Walk to the End of the Garden." Read the full pieces online or purchase the back issue right here.