Skip to content

From the archives

Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Emily M. Keeler

Emily M. Keeler is the vice-president of PEN Canada. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and Toronto Life.

Articles by
Emily M. Keeler

Autofiction Grows Up, a Little

Heti, Knausgaard, and what it takes to turn the real into the true July–August 2018
Literature as an enterprise is staked on the way that fictions reveal the contours of a deeper sense of reality, like a stone dropped into the bottom of a well. As Wallace Stevens observed, the power of literature is in its ability to cultivate a peculiar moment of belief in something that all involved parties understand is not real: “The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.” This kind of belief is trickier than ever in the age of the hot…

Trompe Le Toil: A Brief History of Getting By

The modern conundrum of overwork October 2017
Abraham Maslow once suggested that if all you have is a hammer, everything begins to look rather like a nail. From my desk, where I use my laptop to tweet, make dinner reservations, and do the labour that somehow amounts to making a living, everything looks like work. You may remember Maslow from your high school psychology text…

The Gastronomical Us

Does Canada really need a national cuisine? January 2017
Every animal needs to eat, but no human being can, as the Old Testament has it, live on bread alone. We require more than mere calories. We require narrative, meaning, significance. What we eat (not to mention when, where and with whom) is more than fuel for persisting as an organism—it is foundational to who we…