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Mary Schendlinger challenges a review of a biography of Blanche Knopf, the underrecognized co-founder of Alfred A. Knopf Inc. more

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Stephen Henighan discusses the crude first steps to finding a new way to talk about racial reality. more

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Kafka’s writing allows us intuitions and half-dreams but never total comprehension. more

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The craft of untruth has been perfected. more

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Romantic notions that equate Indigenous peoples with nature are not going to cut it. more

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Rob Kovitz compiles the pressing questions of the day—"How are they gonna beat ISIS?" And, "On Twitter, who cares?" more

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Like most advice given to writers, the injunction to “write what you know” is misleading. more

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Begging the question of what can be defined as “form.” more

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The crowds learned that they could not act effectively in the present without confronting the past, specifically the historical treatment of indigenous people. more

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On the screen, only the image—not the word—can become the world. more

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Donald Creighton was a bigot and a curmudgeon, a cranky Tory with a chip on his shoulder. He was also the country’s leading historian, who changed the way that Canadians told their own story. more

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The novelist can often better define reality than the historian. more

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Lacking in drama and embarrassingly undemocratic, Canada’s origins owe a lot to old-fashioned politics and not much to European battles or transcontinental railways. more

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The idea of Europe is incarnated nowhere as much as in St. Petersburg—Stephen Henighan on Europe's greatest city. more

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"Authenticity is the essential quality of all travel literature, imaginary or real." more

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"Resistance to wars is as much a Canadian tradition as fighting them." Daniel Francis discusses alternative histories, anti-draft demonstrations and the divisive nature of war. more

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"Sometimes, in politics or history, certain words, certain names are sufficient unto themselves: it is as if there were names that once pronounced require no further telling." more

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Stephen Henighan asks: what if you don't have a tidy answer to "Where are you from?" more

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Alberto Manguel examines the rich symbology of the fist, a primal symbol of rebellion and grief, across cultures and history. more

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"Cross-country skiing offered me the reassurance sought by the immigrant who is excluded from his locality’s history: a viable alternate route to belonging." more

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