Ghomeshi’s goofy sense of humour and humility is part of his easy-going charm, and his ability to appeal to a broad audience has made him a household name in Canada. But in his new memoir, titled 1982 after his life-changing 15th year, his avuncular nature is a major hindrance. Illustration by Chloe Cushman
A confession to the reader: Prior to reviewing 11/22/63 I had never read a Stephen King novel. This was not due to literary snobbery. Many friends whose judgment I respect admire some of his books. Perhaps King’s tendency to write long — his latest characteristically weighs in at 849 pages — has deterred me. But this epic of time travel on the part of one Jake Epping, a 35-year-old Maine high school teacher who finds himself transported back to 1958 and spends five years meditating how to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating the president, is too curious a concept to pass by. You can always get my attention on the subject of Kennedy’s assassination.
Book Review: The Pale King, by David Foster Wallace If you finished reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and thought to yourself, “what that novel really needed was a 500-page digression about taxation,” then The Pale King is for you. Otherwise, it’s worth looking at only as a curiosity of the nascent academic industry of “Wallace Studies.” The book is billed as his last, unfinished novel, but it amounts in the end to a bundle of notes that Wallace might someday have turned into an unfinished novel.