A moment With Dostoyevsky, James Wood, and an obscure Hungarian Writer

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 August 6

Brian Fawcett recalls something he discovers about how Dostoyevsky wrote dialogue that leads him to take a swing at James Wood, (the critic, not the actor)

Norm Sibum and the Poetry of “Flaneurism”

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 July 21

Brian Fawcett reads Norm Sibum’s new volume of verse. He thinks Sibum is a skilled poet, but….

Big Pharma: drugging involuntary psychiatric patients

By Tom Sandborn | 2020 July 2

Lawyer Jim Gottstein uncovers Big Pharma’s use of the drug Zyprexa on involuntary mental patients.

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Kindly People Who Feed Squirrels: A Rant

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 June 19

Brian Fawcett isn’t fond of people who feed peanuts to squirrels. Here’s why.

Paul Krugman vs. the Policy Proposals of the Living Dead

By Stan Persky | 2020 April 27

Paul Krugman’s Arguing With Zombies drives a stake through the heart of “zombie ideas.” The premier U.S. op-ed columnist who writes honestly about dishonesty.

For Those looking for our Olga Tokarczuk Post on the Corona Virus

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 April 18

A few days ago, Merrily Weisbord sent me a piece written by Olga Tokarczuk about the Covid-19 crisis currently sweeping the world. A friend of Merrily’s, Jerzy Przytyk, had translated the piece using Google’s notoriously mechanical translation program.  What Tokarczuk had to say in the piece was interesting because she is Olga Tokarczuk, the author…

Ken Belford RIP

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 April 3

Brian Fawcett’s obituary for poet Ken Belford, who died in February

Ken Belford: A Personal and Literary Reminiscence

By John Harris | 2020 April 3

John Harris remembers poet Ken Belford.

Graeme Gibson RIP

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 March 31

I didn’t know Graeme Gibson well, and for most of the time I was a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, I didn’t like him very much. Gibson was one of the Union’s founders and in a way, remained, to the end of his life, its primary living role model (the Union’s other role…

Is There an Answer to Cultural Appropriation?

By John Harris | 2019 December 1

John Harris reviews a little known pamphlet from a little known press about a deceptively large subject.

Once in Europa: What do the 2019 EU election results mean?

By Stan Persky | 2019 June 3

The rightwing populist tsunami didn’t happen; Greens blossom; Europe fragments, pro-EU majority maintained.

Sonnet About Orpheus (Where)

By Stan Persky | 2019 May 20

Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land.

Trump Prose Poem, a.k.a. Potus Takes a Snooze

By Stan Persky | 2019 April 14

POTUS takes a snooze.

Guardians of the Truth? Notes on MSM

By Stan Persky | 2019 March 26

Stan Persky checks out the “guardians of the truth,” and puts in a good word for mainstream media (MSM). It’s “breaking news.”

This Year’s Question

By Stan Persky | 2019 February 25

Can Democracy Work? asks James Miller. It’s not only this year’s question, it’s a question for the ages, from ancient Athens to the Trumpian present.

Good Country for Old Men

By John Harris | 2019 February 5

Two senior Vancouver poets, George Bowering and George Stanley, do a book together. John Harris reads and reviews.

Alexander Meiklejohn: Free Speech Theorist, Teacher, and Activist

By R. J. Rowan | 2019 January 31

Bob Rowan tells a free speech story about a too-little-known American philosopher, Alexander Meiklejohn.

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