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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

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the Toronto Book Award winner and Canada Reads finalist Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins, 2012) and the just-published Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) (HarperCollins, 2016).

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Kamal Al-Solaylee

Gender Neutral

Shining light where the sun don’t shine May 2016
Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus barely hit bookstores in the United Kingdom this spring when it received its first accolade. The custodians of the 38th annual Diagram Prize added this academic exploration of the socially neglected but culturally pervasive human anus to their shortlist of the oddest book titles of the…

Insatiable Spirits

How disappointment and desire haunt us June 2013
Its setting between Sri Lanka and Canada may suggest that The Hungry Ghosts is a book about dislocation and dispossession—a multicultural tale or a story of escaping strife in the homeland (and, for the record, it is all that)—but the dominant force in Shyam Selvadurai’s remarkable new novel is an internalized psychic struggle that transcends geographical or physical…

Teaching Hatred

In some hard-pressed countries, education may not be the answer October 2012
My introduction to William Shakespeare came in the Cairo of the late 1970s in a high school English class. The teacher, a liberal female in her late twenties, insisted that students buy a copy of The Merchant of Venice, in an abridged form, as an extracurricular text. Did she want to teach the group of impressionable Arab teens a lesson in the quality of…

Fictional Fetish

There’s more magic than realism in this portrayal of India January–February 2011
With three novels (The Cripple and His Talismans, The Song of Kahunsha and, now, Dahanu Road) and three plays (The Matka King, Bombay Black and My Granny the Goldfish) since 2003, Anosh Irani is demonstrably not a victim of writers’…