Lindsay Shepherd and the Post-Scholarship University

By John Harris | 2021 April 13

    In his article “Speaking Out” (The Walrus, June 2019), Toronto-based 30-something freelance contrarian John Semley tells the story of the Wilfred Laurier University (WLU) teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd, who made international headlines when she was censured by a University examining committee for allegedly creating an unsafe learning environment for transgender students. The committee…

Book Publishing, Bookselling, George Bowering, and the new censorship

By Brian Fawcett | 2021 January 13

        I read George Bowering’s latest book, Writing and Reading (New Star, Vancouver, 2019), in a single sitting, which was unique in my experience of reading him. Bowering can be demanding and occasionally hermetic, and therefore requires intense concentration. But Writing and Reading was like having a conversation with George at a…

Far from the Madding Crowd

By Stan Persky | 2020 December 11

Douglas Murray’s “The Madness of Crowds,” a critique of the “social justice movement,” is a conservative writer’s response to gays, feminists, race, and trans people. Stan Persky reviews it, keeping an eye on the tripwires in an ideological minefield.

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Why Jean Meslier matters

By Max Fawcett | 2020 November 9

Max Fawcett searches for the prophet of atheism.

Dead Icons and Deader Icons: Which Statues Really Need to Go?

By John Harris | 2020 October 4

John Harris posts a slightly argumentative view on the Statue Wars controversy

Preserving Racism or Preserving History?

By Margaret Randall | 2020 September 10

Margaret Randall is thinking about statues, racism, and history.

If it quacks like a Duck, it might not be a Duck, it might be just a Quack. If it sounds like Donald Trump… well, he probably said it, or maybe it was Fox News, or QAnon, or whatever.

By Stan Persky | 2020 September 7

Did Trump say it? Did he deny saying it? Who knows?

The (Good) Trouble With David Shields

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 August 20

David Shields’ The Trouble with Men. It ain’t self-help, says Brian Fawcett.

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Apropos of Woody Allen: The Anxiety of Being… and don’t forget Nothingness

By Stan Persky | 2020 August 18

Woody Allen’s autobiography is not-so-great, but the films are more than good. Stan Persky reviews the book, the scandals, and the stuff on the silver screen.

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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.

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.

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