Structure is an important part of the reading experience, for fiction and nonfiction alike. Rebecca Skloot recently described her fascination with structure—and her decision to embed herself and her experiences in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
There's a great piece from Daniel Baird in The Walrus this month, on Fine Arts finding and the counter-intuitive necessity of publicly funding certain expensive, relatively unpopular—or down right elitist—institutions, like the National Gallery, or the AGO. Then again, that this line of thinking is counter-intuitive is only evidence of how deeply a time, a zeitgeist, can shape what it means at base to be a human being.
Lydia Kiesling on the extremely heterogeneous linguistic pleasures of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.
There's a new Grace O'Connell short story in this weekend's Globe and Mail.