At the Cannes Film Festival this spring, it was a Canadian film — Claude Jutra’s Kamouraska — that received what is probably the most distinguished honor. For the first time in 14 years, the Association Française de la Critique de Cinema, a group consisting of France’s most distinguished film critics, chose to sponsor the special showing of a film.By JOHN HOFSESS16 min
Some people unfailingly inspire the awestruck question “How do they do so much?” We’ve asked six such super-achievers to give us their answers, on the theory that with a little borrowed moxie we too might realize the hum of a well-run life. It turns out that although getting to the top takes an amalgam of qualities — ambition, energy, talent and luck — staying there takes mostly organization.By BARBARA FRUM14 min
Seabirds are the most purely dramatic of all winged creatures. The others live in the shelter of their land but the seabird lives in the hands of the wind, in the grip of the full force of wind and sea combined. In solitude I can imagine them, flung across a revolutionary constellation of wind and rain and ice, of giant waves and clashing currents.By FRANKLIN RUSSELL9 min
I used to think — and was kind of taken with myself over the thought — that most tourists, those of the lumpen bourgeoisie anyway, traveled in order to get back home. Now, having spent some time abroad with them, I know that to be wrong: the truth is they never leave, whether they go somewhere or not.By DON OBE8 min
Again and again Margaret Atwood told us that we didn’t have to take the bad with the good. “The accuracies and fine points in this book,” she said in her prefatory note to Survival, “were for the most part contributed by others: the sloppy generalizations are my own.”By GEORGE JONAS5 min
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