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Biblio Wanderlust

For as long as I can remember I’ve had wanderlust. In my teens and 20s I watched travel programs and planned amazing trips, ones where time wasn’t an issue. 595 more words


"Power is Power"

When I was an undergraduate I wrote an essay, in response to a set question asking me to judge between two books, and chose which one was worthy of receiving a prize as the best English-language novel of the twentieth-century – we had been studying the culture of literary prizes. 1,612 more words


Adam Gopnik


Points in this one

  • Gopnik says that of all literary genres, he likes best “the personal comic essay.”
  • Indeed, many readers of the New Yorker have pointed to Gopnik’s intimate & humorous reflections on his family as some of their favourites.
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The New Yorker

Checks and balances

About a third of the way through my upcoming book, while discussing the May 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, I include the sentence: “The issue also featured Heinlein’s “Universe,” which was based on Campbell’s premise about a lost generation starship.” My copy editor amended this to “a lost-generation starship,” to which I replied: “This isn’t a ‘lost-generation’ starship, but… 1,152 more words


At the Stranger's Gate

I feel like Adam Gopnik has taken all my despondency about the state of the world and of writing and perfectly articulated them in a way that simultaneously makes me more disillusioned and also offers some relief. 733 more words

2017 Vancouver Writers Fest

Violence, Ends and Means: Is the world getting more peaceful? Then why all the contempt?

According to The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik, violence has decreased in a big way in urban settings. In 2016, 385 were killed in New York, compared with 2000 in a typical year in the 1970s. 541 more words


At the Strangers' Gate

I just finished reading Adam Gopnik‘s latest book At the Strangers’ Gate:  Arrivals in New York.  For anyone interested in art, and particularly contemporary art, I encourage you to read it. 430 more words

Contemporary Art