Check out Editor Eric's famous list of the 1,000 greatest literary works in the world—from
2000 BCE to 2000 CE—from Gilgamesh to Get Shorty. Plus more
than 400 commentaries on authors, books, translations and film adaptations of the greatest literature.
The seriously sick artist
It's hard to take Edgar Allan Poe seriously as a literary figure. Not his fault. Poe took writing very seriously as an art form. His critical works show this. And his stories have proven tremendously influential in both the literary world and in popular culture. Ah, yes, but about the culture. All those... more
Star-crossed lovers live on, alas
Possibly Shakespeare's best-known play. Everyone knows the story of star-crossed lovers who defied their families—the feuding Capulets and Montagues—and ended their lives tragically. Romeo and Juliet is a play with something for everyone: romance, intrigue, sword-fighting, wonderful poetry, comedy and.... more
Comedy light and dark
To appreciate Molière's comic genius you should probably see the plays performed. Reading them, you can get the idea they're lightweight, not much above the average episode of Three's Company, but with fewer jokes. You've got to see actors taking full advantage of the satiric.... more
Where the dark comes from
You think you know Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness even if you haven't read it in years, or ever. It's been widely taught in school, so its most famous lines ring with musty familiarity. Its plot has been adapted for all manner of media, though usually in wildly divergent stories or in parody. It's part of modern.... more
Movies for people who love 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.