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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

Michael Hayward's Blog

raspberry afternoons flat as the tides at White Rock, a saltwater bath, a kiss beneath the pylons, the barnacles, the greasy fish and chips more

POETRY

It's human nature to jump to the wrong conclusion–and stick with it. more

Essays

Does a house that has been home to four generations of one family still hold their electricity? more

Dispatches 3 Comments

A childhood memory of crispy golden fries made during a thunderstorm. more

Prose 2 Comments

An account of the circumstances surrounding seven literary honours bestowed on a writer. more

Dispatches

A young man comes into possession of a 1957 Pontiac, modelled after one owned by a legendary pianist. more

Dispatches

To a fifteen-year-old boy, even women in comic books were a turn-on. more

Prose

A writer talks about personal health issues and their connection to his family history. more

Dispatches

A flower child looks back, to the time between Motown and acid rock. more

Essays

Mrs. Higgins lived with her legless brother and her blind husband in a tall, narrow old house in Nottingham. The room I rented from her in the 1950s was just below her sitting room, where she kept a life-size portrait of Lenin. more

Dispatches 1 Comments

Norbert Ruebsaat learns that true happiness requires “an ability to live with ambiguity and tolerate a certain degree of physical humour” in Brian Fawcett's memoir, Human Happiness. more

Reviews

Laurie Lewis remembers a childhood of RCMP interrogations, covert meetings with parents-in-hiding and lots and lots of pudding. more

FINDINGS

The self-focussed approach of social media is channelled into the vintage correspondence of "Wish You Were Here." more

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jean-Claude Germain tells the story of how his aunt once found herself abandoned in a Montreal cow pasture one night in 1930. more

FINDINGS

A true story told by Mary Hunt (née Way), a ninety-two-year-old retired Avon representative who lives in St. John's, NF. The story was written down by her grandson, Rob Fritz, and brought to Geist by her niece, Lily Gontard, a contributing editor. more

FINDINGS 2 Comments

Lorenzo Sweet endured heartbreak, skittishness and strikes of lightening to become the greatest hockey player ever. more

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Patty Osborne reviews Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien (McClelland & Stewart). more

Reviews

Michael Hayward reviews Mnemonic: a book of trees by Theresa Kishkan (Goose Lane). more

Reviews

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Illustration: Eric Uhlich

Where in the used bookstore would mysteries by Raymond Chandler be shelved - in Novels or in Fiction? Stephen Osborne remembers the summer pleasures of reading outdoors and used bookstores. more

Dispatches 1 Comments

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