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It’s garage sale season, and in the spirit of clearing house, Brick’s 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, or 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. So snap up your copies while the sale lasts—and spread the word to fellow Brick-lovers.
Summer light can be remorseless but the dry air intensifies colour, art, and in some cases prose. Try The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings of Peter Schjeldahl 1978-1990. Schjeldahl has written so much art criticism so well that by their sheer volume and brilliance his two books of collected magazine pieces ought to be weatherproofed and given their own museum garden. To be read while sipping a Brick Nutri-Hammer: 2 cups water, 1.5 leaves of kale, .5 avocado and/or banana, 8 frozen strawberries, very many pumpkin seeds, 12 gogi berries or whatever they’re called, 2 full shots of tequila, 2 of Triple Sec. Blend in a serious blender. Serve two at a time.
A Severed Head, by Iris Murdoch. A story about love and jealousy, very dark, gorgeously written. Goes well with a Gimlet.
A Crack in the Edge of the World, by Simon Winchester. An account of the eruption of Krakatoa. Pairs with a strong port.
Sex in History, by Reay Tannahill. A survey of human sexual habits, mores, politics, and biology from the dawn of time to the present. Consume alongside a glass of Champagne with a raw oyster in it.
Congratulations to Nimi, winner of our latest Books for Brains contest. Nimi correctly answered that Donald Cousan played Thief Two in Angola prison’s Passion play. A copy of Zachary Lazar’s I Pity the Poor Immigrant, provided by the wonderful team at Little, Brown and the Hachette Group, is headed her way.
Huge congratulations to contributor Juan Gabriel Vásquez, whose novel The Sound of Things Falling (excerpted in Brick 90) won the 2014 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Congratulations, too, to Brick contributing editor Anne McLean, Vásquez’s translator and the person who introduced us to his work.
For a glimpse into the process where sometimes “everything has to change in order to make it as much the same as possible,” check out this conversation between Anne and Juan Gabriel at TheJournal.ie.
Congratulations to our regular contributors Colm Tóibín and Karen Solie who were just named new Trustees of the Griffin Trust. They will join the internationally-acclaimed writers that sit on the board of the Trust. Hooray!
After a long winter, we’re bursting with joy to feel the sun beat down and, of course, to get our hands on Brick 93. Our beautiful new summer issue features interviews with Aleksandar Hemon and Obi Nwakanma, poetry by Sharon Olds and Jan Zwicky, essays by Damon Galgut, Amitava Kumar, and Myrna Kostash, to name a few, a celebration of Mavis Gallant, and much, much more.
Check out Brick 93’s issue page for a sneak peek at what’s inside. You can read excerpts from Madeleine Thien’s interview with Obi Nwakanma, Michael Helm’s brilliant tribute to Mavis Gallant, a story from Brick by Nadia Szilvassy and Tara Quinn, a riff on Tolstoy from Jessica Michalofsky, and an excerpt from Zachary Lazar’s essay about a Passion play at Angola Prison, with photographs by Deborah Luster. Happy summer!