Issues

November 2014

Naomi Klein‘s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate is filling the bookstores and the chatrooms this season. Mark Jaccard, professor in the field of environmental economics at Simon Fraser University, analyses Klein’s controversial treatment of the climate change debate in our November issue.

The extremely long-term effects of rape are the subject of Karyn Freedman‘s One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery which is reviewed by Dr. Clare Pain, who runs the Psychological Trauma Program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. While the book describes a harrowing experience and its aftermath, Dr. Pain commends the author’s generosity towards other women in going public with it.

The most unlikely international bestseller of the past year was undoubtedly Thomas Piketty‘s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States since the 18th century. George Fallis, a Canadian economist and social scientist based at York University, looks at Piketty’s research through a specifically Canadian lens and finds a somewhat different story.

Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds For the Better finds himself largely in accord with Montreal-based cognitive psychologist Daniel Levitin in his lively review of Levitin’s latest book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. A mixture of sophisticated research and how-to advice about organizing your desk and closets, Thompson finds the book “like reading an intro to a neuroscience textbook that has been co-authored by Martha Stewart.” Check out this review.

Happy fall reading!

Bronwyn Drainie

Editor