Julie Lapalme

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Was Jane Austen a ‘secret radical’?

Jane Austen’s face — demure, bonneted, with a few stray curls over her forehead — peers out pensively from the new British 10-pound note, debuting this fall to mark the bicentenary of her death. The bill superimposes her image over a stately mansion surrounded by vast gardens, with a horse and …

Literature

Aphorisms on Confidence

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

A French-Canadian Christmas Carol

There are a great many reasons to recommend the Christmas season in Francophone Canada and northern New England (let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!), but chief among them is <i>tourtière</i>. A tourtière is a pie, and one of the most delicious: a savory confection that can variously be packed with …

Baking

This amazingly feminist novel was written by a middle-aged white man 99 years ago

‘The Job’ struggled with the problem of having it all before women could even vote<p>Close your eyes and imagine a contemporary male novelist, a real …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 45 – A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)

<i>A Room of One’s Own</i> is both a landmark in feminist thought and a rhetorical masterpiece, which started life as lectures to the literary societies of Newnham and Girton Colleges, Cambridge, in October 1928. It was then published by the Hogarth Press in 1929 in a revised and expanded edition that has …

Literature

Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy

One of my maxims as a university teacher of literature was: “A great novel not only enhances our understanding – more crucially it understands us.” When I later trained as a psychoanalyst I annoyed my tutors with my refrain that one could learn more about the subtleties of human psychology from …

Literature

The Physics of Playing a Guitar Visualized: Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” Viewed from Inside the Guitar

Give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed. While the first 30 seconds of the video above may resemble an amateur iPhone prank, it soon becomes …

The book that changed Jane Eyre forever

Wide Sargasso Sea turned Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel inside out. As the book celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hephzibah Anderson explains its enduring power.<p>A while ago, and for more years than I ever intended, I was the resident books expert on an early-hours radio phone-in. Once a month, in …

Literature

Karl Ove Knausgård: Literature Should be Ruthless

Karl Ove Knausgård has enchanted the literary world with 'My Struggle', a novel of more than 3000 pages about his own life. Watch the star author discuss literature, writing and how his autobiographical style is closely connected to fiction.<p>Karl Ove Knausgård has enchanted the literary world with …

Want to be happy? Slow down

In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with …

Rilke on Writing and What It Takes to Be an Artist

“Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create.”<p>Even more complex and nuanced than the question of how to be a good writer, which has elicited answers from some of humanity’s most beloved authors, is …

Literature

9 of the Best Travel Books

<b>Travel has inspired some of the greatest novels of all time. Here are just some of our favourites.</b><p><b>The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux</b><p>One of the finest travel writers, Theroux's debut novel, published in 1975, recalls his four-month journey from Europe, through the Middle East and into Asia by …

En 2017, Montréal aura 375 ans. Quand on y pense, c’est toute une réalisation! En effet, en moins de quatre siècles, nous sommes devenus une …

Voyages

Driving Lake Superior’s Remote Ontario Shore

For a complete travel guide to Lake Superior — the roads along its shoreline, the best places to stay and eat, a checklist of activities and …

Hiking

Kodak is bringing back the legendary Super 8 camera, and Hollywood is stoked

The Super 8 camera is legendary.<p>First introduced by Kodak in 1965, it was the first handy film camera that let regular people make movies.<p>It figures into the origin stories of today's greatest moviemakers: "The Dark Knight" director Chris Nolan got his start making movies using his father's Super 8 …