Michael Hayward

Those who were close to the late John Berger have spoken of his generosity, praising Berger’s collaborative nature and his ability to establish and sustain creative friendships throughout a long and productive life. more


Michael Hayward reviews the sweater that Sarah Lund wears in every episode of Season 1 of The Killing, a serial crime drama. more


John Berger's funeral, Mieussey, France

Photograph by David Heath

John Berger in the Bardo

John Berger—Marxist art critic, poet and novelist, screenwriter and essayist—passed away in Paris on January 2nd of this year at the age of 90. more

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Jack Kerouac, francophone

Jack Kerouac, that prototypically “all-American” writer, was born to Québécois parents, and raised in the midst of an expatriate French-Canadian community in the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts. more

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Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Shakespeare & Company, Paris, is one of "The World’s Coolest Bookstores," one of "The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World"—or both at once. more

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Michael Hayward reviews Some Rain Must Fall, part of the six volume memoir by Karl Ove Knausgaard. more


Known and Strange Things (Random House) is a collection of Teju Cole’s essays and other short pieces, many of which have previously appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere online. more


I Cycled into the Arctic Circle: A Peregrination by James Duthie and Matt Hulse (Saltire Society) is a “newly revived and revised edition of deaf Scotsman James Duthie’s rare journal.” more


"Cedar, Salmon and Weed is probably not the Great Canadian Novel—but it could be the Great Bamfield Novel; it seems to have few competitors for that distinction." more


VIFF 2016: "Paterson"

A sweet, eccentric, and nearly perfect film about poetry, English bulldogs, Ohio Blue Tip Matches, and Paterson, New Jersey. more

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VIFF 2016: "I Called Him Morgan"

Bebop jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan had been resurrected: back from his heroin addiction and playing as good as ever. Until one snowy, fatal night in New York City, 1972. more

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VIFF 2016: "Personal Shopper"

Kristen Stewart stars in a new film from French director Olivier Assayas, in a story that genetically recombines elements of both the thriller and horror genres. more

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VIFF 2016: "The Death of Louis XIV"

Doctors and courtiers hover anxiously in the wings as the Sun King, Louis XIV, suffers through the final stages of gangrene. more

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VIFF 2016: "The Last Family"

A fascinating take on the biopic genre, presenting the life—idiosyncratic, oddly charming, and ultimately tragic—of Polish surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński, between 1977 and 2005. more

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VIFF 2016: "Maliglutit (Searchers)"

A harrowing story of brutality, kidnapping and revenge from the director of "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner", shot entirely in the Artic and in the Inuktitut language. more

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VIFF 2016: "RiverBlue"

A look at the damaging environmental effects on the rivers of the world, caused by the textile and tanning industries, with "fast fashion" and blue jeans the primary culprits. more

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VIFF 2016: "The Trap (Ottaal)"

Kuttappayi, an orphan, lives a life of rural poverty with his grandfather in Kuttanad, south India. When his grandfather falls ill, his future must be decided. more

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VIFF 2016: "Weirdos"

It's July of 1976, and 15-year-old Kit is running away from the small Cape Breton town of Antigonish, heading for the big city: Sydney, NS, where his glamorous, artistic mother lives. more

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VIFF 2016: "Strangers on the Earth"

A professional cellist decides to walk the Camino—a 600-mile journey across northern Spain—carrying his cello on his back. more

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Review: "Paths of the Soul"

A group of Tibetans villagers leave their village to make a 1200 km "bowing pilgrimage" to Lhasa, continuing a further 1000 km to the "holy mountain" of Kailash, laying their bodies flat on the ground every few steps. more

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What is the past tense of hang, in the sense of a person being hung (or hanged)? It would be grand if we never had occasion to use the term again, but meanwhile...

—Dana, Charlottetown PEI

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