Michael Schaub http://whqr.org en True Originals: Biographies That Defy Expectations http://whqr.org/post/true-originals-biographies-defy-expectations It's probably not true that truth is stranger than fiction, but in the hands of a great biographer, it can be just as compelling. Novelists can create unique and unforgettable characters — there's never been anyone quite like Jane Eyre or Ignatius J. Reilly — but there's no shortage of fascinating literary protagonists who just happened to exist in real life.<p>This year brought us some brilliant biographies of world-famous leaders like Lyndon B. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:26:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 29398 at http://whqr.org True Originals: Biographies That Defy Expectations A Question Unanswered: 'How Should A Person Be?' http://whqr.org/post/question-unanswered-how-should-person-be The unexamined life isn't worth living, according to Socrates, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a writer who disagrees. Few, though, have taken it to the extreme that Toronto author Sheila Heti does with <em>How Should a Person Be?</em> The relentlessly introspective "novel from life" earned critical raves when it was released in Canada in 2010. The book chronicles Heti's struggle — sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking — to answer the seemingly simple questions: "What was the right way to react to people? Who was I to talk to at parties? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Michael Schaub 18952 at http://whqr.org A Question Unanswered: 'How Should A Person Be?'