2011.12

December 2011


Kidnapped

Kidnapped

In December 2008, al Qaeda captured two Canadian diplomats and their driver in Niger. In an excerpt from his new book, A Season in Hell, the author recalls 130 days trapped in the Sahara
The Walrus Reads
Seven new titles of note
Black Christmas
The holidays can be saccharine, stressful, and often lonely, so it’s no wonder many Christmas tales contain a note of malice. The season, it turns out, has much in common with Halloween
Stories About Storytellers
Douglas Gibson’s new memoir, reviewed
Facing the Hunter
David Adams Richards’ new book, reviewed
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
A Vietnam War deserter recalls crossing the Canadian border in 1969
The Antagonist
Lynn Coady’s new novel, reviewed
Montreal Is Burning
Arcade Fire’s meteoric rise changed a city and redefined a subculture
The Virgin Cure
Ami McKay’s new novel, reviewed
Ithaca
David Davidar’s new novel, reviewed
Going for Baroque
Last summer, Canada’s National Gallery sparked international debate by displaying a “new” Caravaggio
Remote Control
Alcoholics Anonymous is now more accessible than ever. But will the Internet compromise the brand?
Pizza Night
A quiet meal at home becomes fodder for market research
The Scottish Player
How a Canadian expat became an unlikely kingpin in another country’s ruling separatist party
The Leap
Chris Turner’s new book, reviewed
Adventures of a Supernumerary
My unlikely role in the Canadian Opera Company production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos
A Rock and a Hard Place
The energy industry calls fracking a game changer, but environmentalists compare it to coal and oil. As energy demands collide with climate change, the question becomes whether fracking is worth the risk
History
Editor’s Note
Robert Fowler’s harrowing ordeal
Letters
Time Out; Home at Last; Personal History; Surface Analysis; Post Haste; Say Cheese; Tusk-Tusk
The Return
Dany Laferrière’s new novel, reviewed
Charlie Brown
Smash and Grab
Blind justice looks on
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