Check out Editor Eric's famous list of the 1,000 greatest literary works in the world—from 2100 BCE to 2010 CE—from Gilgamesh to Franzen. Plus more than 400 commentaries on authors, books, translations and film adaptations of the greatest literature.
Containing the crazy
John Irving writes big books. Yes, long novels—longer than most contemporary works you find on the bestseller lists. But big in so many other ways. Big characters, big themes of the day, big and sprawling stories. And, most gloriously, he's got that knack of creating worlds.... more
The puzzle that is Palliser
The problem with Charles Palliser as a famous novelist is that in every book he tries something radically different. He's the ultimate experimental writer, which makes him a bold and always interesting writer for those who appreciate such experiments but also makes it hard for him to develop a devoted fan base.... more
Why don't more people love this novel?
For a few, Villette is Charlotte Brontë's big book—not just the longest of her four novels, but the most realistic, most interesting and most progressive. I fully understand this. There are times reading Villette I have to turn back to the title page to confirm that, yes, this really was written in the middle of the nineteenth century..... more
Sister who blazed longest and hardest
Charlotte was the longest living of the three writing Brontë sisters, almost making it to age forty, and her output was by far the most extensive and most popular in its day. Yet many know her best as the sister of Emily Brontë, author of the revered Wuthering Heights, which she championed..... more
Movies for people who love great books
Guide to over 200 films, film series and television productions—from the silly to the authentic—based on the greatest works of literature.
The greatest SF works of all time
Editor Eric's list of the 200 greatest works of speculative and science fiction—the greatest SF stories and novels published on the planet.
The 150 best novels, drama and poetry from writers in the
great white north, plus commentaries on selected books and
Eric's reviews of Toronto-related books, as published in the
Town Crier community newspapers.
The Hungry Ghosts
Writing Gordon Lightfoot
The Green Man
The plays are the thing:
How to Assemble and Appreciate the 2nd Half of the Beatles' Legacy
A new book by Jeff Walker, author of The Ayn Rand Cult
The Unknown Beatles
Has the myth of their breakup in 1970 kept you from appreciating their later recordings? See Editor Eric's re-imagining of the Beatles' story, inspired by Jeff Walker's work.
Messages from beyond? Miracle cures? Ghosts? Homeopathy?
Clairvoyance? ESP? Critical thinking to sort out fact from fiction.