May 2014

Is the world getting crazier or is it just you and me? Can we rediscover and reframe rationalism before it’s too late? Those are the burning questions U. of T. philosopher Joseph Heath poses in his new work, Enlightenment 2.0, which the always thoughtful and provocative Jonathan Kay reviews in our May issue. Start with the review and it may well lead you to the book. (I’m reading it now, to both my pleasure and despair.)

Trevor Herriot has become, in recent years, the eloquent voice of the Canadian prairies, and in his latest book, The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage Through Nature, Desire and Soul, he moves from the natural landscape to the deepest reaches of personal identity. He is tracked, in our review, by Candace Savage, a writing colleague from the same geographical milieu, who begs to differ with some of Herriot’s interpretations.

We’ve had to wait more than half a century for an English translation of a landmark volume from Quebec. Marcel Trudel published his shocking Canada’s Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage in 1960, and now Lawrence Hill, whose own explorations of the black experience have had a profound impact on Canadian readers, reviews Trudel’s book for the LRC. A review not to be missed.

We’re also delighted to have Ken Dryden weighing in this month on Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat and Michael Macmillan based on their exit interviews with many Members of Parliament from various parties. Dryden has his own ideas about strengthening democracy in this country to add to the ones Loat and Macmillan have gathered.

Excellent spring reading. Enjoy!

Bronwyn Drainie