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The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Dear Prudence

A life of exuberance and eccentricity

Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

A long-awaited biography gives the facts, but not the mystery, behind this writer’s genius

Hilary Turner

Hilary Turner is a professor of English at the University of the Fraser Valley. She specializes in autobiography and the history of rhetoric.

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Parallel Lives

A fictional Canadian painter in post-war London takes her inspiration from Pierre Bonnard March 2015
A painting is a composition in shapes, textures and colours. A novel is a composition in language—which is flexible enough to include all of the above. A life can be a composition too, whose bits and pieces fit meaningfully together according to some principle of design. Painters and writers, while their common currency is structure, have long denied that their lives exhibit any particular aesthetic…