Judge the book cover: The Stranger

Depending on where you're from, the English title of Albert Camus' 1942 French novel L’Étranger will either be The Stranger (US) or The Outsider (UK). Why two different titles, you ask? There's actually an interesting article about that in The Guardian, but basically, it was sort of an accident. Regardless of the title, ...

Judge the book cover: Murder on the Orient Express

Even though I'm not hearing great things about the new film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express  ( New Republic calls it a "Spectacular Massacre of a Classic" ), I'm still planning on watching it eventually. The cast is incredible, although I can't remember the last time Johnny Depp made a ...

Judge the book cover: Great Expectations

I'm not sure how I've gone this long without reading Great Expectations. I'm a huge Charles Dickens fan and Great Expectations is probably one of his most-loved and widely-known books. So I thought now was as good a time as any to read this classic novel by one of my all-time-favourite authors. I have a ratty old ...

Judge the book cover: The Big Sleep

Late last year I realized that I had never read anything by Raymond Chandler. So this year I finally did something about it. I started with his classic novel The Big Sleep. I'll be honest, I didn't love it. Actually, let me be more accurate. I loved Chandler's writing style. The dialogue was fantastic, the ...

Judge the book cover: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at TIFF. This screening was part of their Food on Film series and also included a discussion (about dessert!) with Christina Tosi, founder and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar. Christina was nice enough to bring everyone a compost cookie®, ...