Robin Blaser, c. 1950

Issues

The New Brick Reader

Order your copy of Bricks second anthology, featuring the very best of the past two decades.

Ali Smith celebrates Harriet Martineau
Geoff Dyer explores Arctic photography
Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Javier Cercas
Love letters between London and Łódź
Richard Sennett talks to Eleanor Wachtel
Reviews by Alissa Valles, Craig Proctor, Birna Bjarnadóttir, Jessica Michalofsky, and C. D. Wright

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New fiction from Colm Tóibín
Charles Foran on his biography of Mordecai Richler
Seamus Heaney talks to Eleanor Wachtel
Marybeth Hamilton listens to Jelly Roll Morton
Bernard Shaw and Gene Tunney: an unlikely friendship
Keri Walsh on the best bookshop in Paris

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Zadie Smith talks to Eleanor Wachtel 
Sean Michaels deep under Paris
Javier Marías talks to Juan Gabriel Vásquez 
Julio Cortázar writes to Luis Buñuel 
New poetry by Robert Hass, Steven Heighton, and Laura Lush 
Carl Wilson pays tribute to Kate McGarrigle 

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Halldór Laxness’s wanderings
W. S. Merwin and Mark Doty celebrate Deborah Digges
A tribute to Allan King
Charles Dickens’s beloved pets
Geoff Dyer in conversation with José Teodoro
How to cook ptarmigan

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Patricia Rozema directs Harold Pinter
Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia looks back with Paule Anglim
Colm Tóibín on Michael Donaghy and Don Paterson
Eduardo Galeano’s stories of almost everyone
José Saramago speaks to Juan Cruz
Terence Davies rewinds
Essays by Isabel Huggan and Sarah Rothenberg

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Werner Herzog and Paul Holdengräber discuss
the twentieth century
Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie in love
Haruki Murakami on translating The Great Gatsby
Leon Edel meets Bernard Shaw
Carolyn Forché remembers Mahmoud Darwish
The fall of David Harsent
New poetry from Mahmoud Darwish, Zhu Wen, Phil Hall, and David Harsent

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Nikita Lalwani pictures genius
Roberto Bolaño and Forrest Gander visit and revisit
Nicanor Parra
Lydia Davis in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel
Leona Theis stars in her own private western
Alex Pugsley interviews Mordecai Richler
Plus: Nat Farbman’s stunning lost photos of the San Francisco Beat scene

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Tomas Tranströmer’s breathing room
Mavis Gallant: An in-depth interview with Stéphan Bureau
Orhan Pamuk on the Brothers K
New poetry from Sharon Olds and Don McKay
Barbara Gowdy talks to Ramona Koval
Carmen Aguirre slips over the border
 

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Charles Bukowski: A lost interview with Lucy Gray
Javier Marías bids an inspiration goodbye
Chimamanda Adichie and Michael Ondaatje in conversation
Sheila Heti tries to stay home
Arnold Schoenberg’s artistic dictates
A letter from Robert Duncan

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Sylvia Plath’s theory of poetry
Vikram Seth talks to Eleanor Wachtel
Robert Hass salutes Robin Blaser
John Berger on Pasolini
Plus: A special insert of Nelofer Pazira’s pictures from Afghanistan

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Leonard Cohen confesses to Shelagh Rogers
Edward Said on Jean Genet
Falling off the wagon with Taras Grescoe
Dmitri Shostakovich’s wartime letters
Celebrating forty years of Coach House Press

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David Sedaris talks with Esta Spalding
Dionne Brand gets ready to rumble
An unpublished letter from William Faulkner
Toni Morrison talks with Maya Jaggi
Geoff Dyer on W. G. Sebald, Thomas Bernhard, and Kenro Izu
Oliver Sacks on Thom Gunn

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An interview with Marilynne Robinson
Rackstraw Downes on landscape
Don Paterson reveals a few poetic secrets
A daughter of Iraq returns
Amit Chaudhuri on John Ford
Inside Chris Ware’s sketchbooks 

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The letters of Al Purdy
Don DeLillo: The remote artists
Margaret Atwood’s Wild Kingdom
Alberto Manguel reads Kim
Tarzan’s first letter(s) to Jane
Michael Winter stalks Norman Levine

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Excerpts from Northrop Frye’s notebooks
An interview with Tony Kushner
Margaret Atwood’s cat at the Pearly Gates
A report from the food front by Jim Harrison
Russell Banks on Mavis Gallant’s Montreal
Jeffrey Eugenides and omens

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Alice Munro on “The Love of a Good Woman”
The mystery deepens for Lawrence Weschler
A play by Carol Shields
Plus: More lost careers, featuring John Irving, Dennis Bock, Camilla Gibb, Will Self, Madeleine Thien, A. F. Moritz, and Ken Babstock

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Art Spiegelman on Krazy Kat
A letter from Günter Grass
Plus: Lost Careers featuring A. L. Kennedy, Geoff Dyer, Atom Egoyan, Robert Creeley, Dionne Brand, Mark Kingwell, Wayne Johnston, Annie Proulx, Sheila Heti, Christian Bök, and Elizabeth Hay

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Jane Jacobs talks to Eleanor Wachtel
Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim talk music
Margaret Atwood celebrates Timothy Findley and Peter Rabbit
John Ralston Saul on Charles de Gaulle
Ramona Koval tracks down the Sarajevo Haggadah
Plus: A Letter from Turgenev

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James Wood interviews W. G. Sebald
Marni Jackson remembers Carole Corbeil
Pico Iyer on the nights songs of Leonard Cohen
Michael Ondaatje talks to Walter Murch
Lydia Davis on Stendhal’s Henry Brulard
An appreciation of Carol Shields by Nino Ricci

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A radio play by Anthony Minghella
Raymond Carver through Kent Nussey’s eyes
Lisa Moore betrays Michael Winter
Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen’s unwritten novels
Plus a special insert by Deborah Luster on the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women

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J. M. Coetzee talks to Eleanor Wachtel
Annie Proulx celebrates William Gass
Colm Tóibín rediscovers Eugene McCabe
Jonathan Lethem gets mugged
Erin Mouré rewrites Pessoa
Anne Carson on The Iliad

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Alice Munro on William Maxwell
Edwidge Danticat in conversation
Jeffrey Eugenides remembers John Hawkes
Cartoons by Margaret Atwood
Russell Banks on depression
A recipe from Harold Weber
Robert Bringhurst translates Ghandl

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Marilynne Robinson on Moses and Christianity
Pico Iyer rereads Lawrence
James Reaney remembers
Roddy Doyle in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel
Leon Edel on victory and de Gaulle

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Forrest Gander interviews C. S. Giscombe
Helen Garner on reading
Kent Nussey takes a last drive
Chris Ware discovers Scott Joplin
Elizabeth Hay and the writer’s life

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Anne Carson smells the difference between
poetry and prose
Michael Ondaatje, Sam Solecki & Linda Spalding
in conversation with W. S. Merwin
Wes Anderson takes Pauline Kael to the movies
John Hawkes visits Provence
Joan Skogan on Kosovo

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José Saramago on the novel’s return to poetry
Grace Paley on Isaac Babel
Margaret Atwood, Robert Creeley, Russell Banks, John Irving, Helen Garner, Alan Lightman, Erin Mouré, and others on Lost Classics

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Christian Bök speaks to The Aliens
Dennis Lee’s memories of Miron
Javier Marías in Buenos Aires
Brian Bartlett’s two small islands
Kyo Maclear on cyberculture

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James Wood interviews W. G. Sebald
Barry Lopez recalls childhood incidents
Veronica Horwell on Martha Gellhorn
Eleanor Wachtel in conversation with Robert Stone
David Manicom in Armenia

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Dionne Brand’s dualities
Dennis Lee in Rochdale
John Berger writes Subcommandante Marcos
Jane Rule on grief
Carole Corbeil in conversation with George Walker
Lucia Berlin gets lost in the Louvre

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Anne Carson on Virginia Woolf
Siri Hustvedt pleas for Eros
David Honeyboy Edwards sings the blues
Roy Kiyooka on Mother Talk
Theresa Kishkan goes berry picking

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Stevie Cameron chasing Mulroney
Matt Cohen on Stephen Leacock
Joyce Carol Oates, the madness of art, and Henry James
Alberto Manguel on Santa Evita
Michael Redhill visits Dublin

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John Berger and a likeness
Carolyn Forché on the death of Oscar Romero
Esta Spalding in conversation with Janice Kulyk Keefer
André Gide apologizes to Proust
Rosemary Sullivan on P. K. Page in Mexico

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Alberto Manguel steals saints
Deborah Baker on Laura Riding
Alan Lightman and the great chain of science
Making movies with Zohmah Charlot
Gregor von Rezzori on yesterday’s realities

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Howard Zinn in conversation with Alice Walker
Walter Murch on film editing
Anne Carson on Simonides
Eleanor Wachtel interviews John Berger
Peter Harcourt on Godard’s films
Charles Foran lets loose

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Nancy Huston on being both beautiful and intelligent
Jane Jacobs remembers Hannah Breece
Eleanor Wachtel in conversation with Carolyn Forché
Brian Brett dreams of garlic
Caryl Phillips talks to Salman Rushdie