Canadian Literary Feuds, Nick Cave’s Taste for the Terrible, and the Books We Never Finish

By Hazlitt

Gilmour! Alexis! The Great Canadian Literary Feud of 2014 is upon us.

Friend of Hazlitt Jason McBride looks at Toronto’s Kensington Market and the ever-present threat of gentrification. (Previously, in these pages: Bert Archer on the Market’s artisanal pickle problem and the case for Walmart.)

How “The Star-Spangled Banner” became America’s national anthem.

“The future is a YouTube video that won’t load.”

We’ve conquered glasses, the home, and soon the heavens—is there anything we can’t insert a sensor in? Haha, nope.

I Left Facebook, And You Can Too.

“Bourbon Street exists in its current form—strip clubs, daiquiri bars selling drinks like the Hand-Grenade and the Jester (‘The World’s Strongest Drink’), clubs featuring live bands playing Journey and Bon Jovi songs—only because this form is exactly what most tourists want, and will pay for.”

Fourth of July may be a distant, beer-soaked memory, but our fascination with the hows and whys of fireworks lives on.

What books are we not finishing?

Whoa hey, there’s a new China Miéville short story over at Tor.

“Nothing happened in my childhood—no trauma or anything. I just had a genetic disposition toward things that were horrible.” Nick Cave!

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