Brick 86

Thinking in a prizefight is as solitary an exercise of mind as writing poetry.
—Gene Tunney


  • In this issue:
  • 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
  • Richard Mabey on the nightingale’s song
  • Saskia Hamilton’s breath-play
  • Walter Murch on Arthur Koestler
  • A postcard from John Berger
  • Dionne Brand pays tribute to José Saramago
  • Poetry from Kate Camp and Ann Scowcroft
  • Laird Hunt visits his ancestors
  • Michael Snow in conversation with Elizabeth Legge
  • Eric Karpeles and Mike Sell illustrate the Coen brothers
  • John Geiger on Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs
  • Baziju’s favourite place
  • Keri Walsh on the best bookshop in Paris
  • Adrienne Monnier has lunch with Colette
  • Michael Redhill on what the French do to pizza
  • Jim Harrison’s new career
  • Plus:
  • Mark Twain’s uncensored manuscripts and Margaret Atwood’s illustrated flying heroes
  • And in The Review:
  • Brian Brett, Kevin Connolly, Yohannes Edemariam, Tara Quinn, David Thomson, and Brick Editors’ picks
  • Photos and illustrations by:
  • Mark Byk, Trevor Ydreos, Kristine Tortora, Daniel Brush, Johannes Vermeer, Martin Helmut Reis, Steve Pyke, Michael Snow, Eric Karpeles and Michael Sell, William S. Burroughs, Luis Mora, Michael Redhill, Harold Atwood, and Margaret Atwood