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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

Back Issues

October 2006

Cover art and pictures throughout the issue by Tom Pokinko Tom Pokinko is a graphic artist based in Montreal. His work has appeared in The Progressive, Clamor and Fine Books & Collections, as well as with the United Nations Association in Canada. His portfolio is available at

What Makes Eddie Run?

Memoirs of the Ottawa fixer par excellence.

John Gray

Consensus or More Colonialism?

Two white authors approach aboriginal relations from opposite viewpoints.

Peter H. Russell

Resistance or Engagement?

A pair of indigenous writers come to very different conclusions about dialogue with the white community.

Dwayne Trevor Donald

A Saskatchewan Childhood

Portrait of the Mennonite artist as a young boy.

W. J. Keith

Academic Publishing in Canada: A Lament

Why does it take three years to publish books based on conferences?

Curious House Construction

A novel centred on modern architecture has shaky foundations.

Adele Freedman

Under Thunder and Cordite

A Canadian novelist from Beirut describes life in the maelstrom of civil war.

Paul William Roberts

Challenge to the West

How the Chinese examination system created the modern world.

Michael Szonyi

Tainted Counsel

A new book argues that many American think tanks offer more spin than truth.

Thomas S. Axworthy

A Little Taste of Canadian Philosophy

Why define this country’s big questioners so narrowly?

Inventor and Wife

A moving biography of a matchless creative relationship.

Stephen Kimber