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Untying the Knot

A new book untangles historical confusion and contemporary anxieties about marriage

Thou Art Anxious

Decisions, decisions

Keep in Touch

Why digital connections can’t sustain health, happiness or politics

Naben Ruthnum

Naben Ruthnum’s book Curry: Eating, Reading and Race was published by Coach House in 2017. His pseudonymous thriller, Find You in the Dark, will be released by Simon & Schuster in March.

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Naben Ruthnum

“I should just let this entire region spiral off”

Intimate reflections from a pair of father-and-son tyrants February 2018
Dimitri Nasrallah’s The Bleeds is a doubly hybrid novel: both a literary-slash-international-thriller and a bricolage of blog entries, newspaper clippings, and traditional first-person narration recounting the story of family dictatorship. The setting, which appears only in the running header of the novel’s inserted newspaper articles until it is eventually revealed as a republic “along the Middle Eastern-Transcaucasian fault line” near the end of the…

The Sins of a City

The story of Canada’s Sherlock Holmes is also a dark and revealing history of Vancouver July–August 2017
The multi-hyphenated subgenre to which Eve Lazarus’s Blood, Sweat and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator belongs—historical–forensic–true-crime—aligns multiple aspects of our cultural fascination with crime. It bundles deep social history with the satisfactions of science’s absolute-truth crime-solving promise and, in some texts, pornographically gory splatter. Lazarus’s Vancouver-centralized history, presented as a chronicle of the career of Inspector John…