Brick 71

“It is obviously of importance to avoid saying kuei kuô “your diabolical country” instead of kueì kuô “your honourable country.”
—From Old Friend From Far Away—150 Chinese Poems from the Great Dynasties


  • In this issue:
  • John Berger enters the Chauvet cave
  • Lisa Moore on a Newfoundland classic
  • Fanny Howe on Robert Bresson
  • Jim Harrison’s new food column
  • Amos Oz talks to Ramona Koval
  • New poetry by Patrick Lane, Adrienne Rich, and Lisa Robertson
  • A. L. Kennedy goes swimming
  • Remembering Zal Yanofsky & Mary Meigs
  • “The Shawinigan Strangler” exposed by John MacLachlan Gray
  • New translations of Rabindranath Tagore and Arthur Rimbaud
  • P. K. Page recalls A. M. Klein
  • Louise Steinman and Pumla Godobo-Madikizela discuss forgiveness in South Africa
  • New fiction from André Alexis
  • Maggie Helwig goes to the Milosevic trial
  • Caroline Anderson unearths a lost classic by J.-Henri Fabre
  • Lost Careers:
  • In 1994, for our fiftieth issue, Brick asked some writers to tell us what they might have been if they hadn’t become writers. Now, for our twenty-fifth anniversary, we revisit the question with a few dozen more . . . (and yet more coming in Brick 72!) Anita Rau Badami, Russell Banks, Christian Bök, Eavan Boland, Dionne Brand, Hugh Brody, Semi Chellas, George Elliott Clarke, Robert Creeley, Meaghan Delahunt, Geoff Dyer, Atom Egoyan, Elizabeth Hay, Michael Helm, Sheila Heti, Wayne Johnston, A. L. Kennedy, Mark Kingwell, Jonathan Lethem, Greil Marcus, Erin Mouré, William Muir, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding, Linda Spalding, Graham Swift, David Thomson, Jane Urquhart, Michael Winter
  • Plus:
  • Art Spiegelman, George Herriman, Brian Brett, Rosalind Brackenbury, Lucy Gray, Isabel Huggan, Rosalind Goss, George Fetherling, Leonard Woolf, exciting restaurant reviews from Mumbai, and a letter from Günter Grass.
  • Photos and illustrations by:
  • Linda Spalding, Mary Meigs, George Herriman, John Berger, Sue Lloyd, C. Sleppo, Semi Chellas, Esta Spalding, Eric Feinblatt, Samuel Chamberlain, Maggie Helwig, Rosalind Goss, Walter Murch, Elliott Schaffner, Sandy Sykes, and Lucy Gray