Monday, December 17, 2018

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Brian Fawcett is a Toronto-based writer.

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Taking the Piss out of Donald Trump

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 November 7
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David Shields thinks Trump is missing an “inner life.” Brian Fawcett checks.

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Who in Hell Writes This Crap, Anyway?

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 9
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Brian Fawcett reads the jacket copy of a science fiction novel

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Billy Walsh, January 1944-July 2016 RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 6
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Brian Fawcett files his third obituary in the last little while. He’s more or less up to date with his personal version of the Grim Reaper’s activities. Or so he hopes.

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Wally Hourback, 1949-2017, RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 6
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 Late in the summer of 2017, Wally Hourback, a Canadian writer from North Bay, Ontario, and a man with whom I had a fifteen-year relationship that was entirely epistolary and editorial, died of heart failure. My relationship with Wally came about because of dooneyscafe.com, for which Hourback wrote occasional pieces, and which you know, if…

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Claus Spiekermann 1941-2015 RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2018 August 1
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    Claus Spiekermann and I tried to smuggle a car from Germany to Greece in the winter of 1963.  It didn’t go well, and we spent two weeks trapped by what people were calling the worst blizzard in 200 years. We got as far as Belgrade, then the capital of Yugoslavia. The blizzard eventually…

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Brett Enemark, 1948-2017, RIP

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 October 12
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Brian Fawcett posts an obituary for–and something of an apology to–an old friend who died a few months ago.

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RIP Henry Hoekema

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 October 12
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A belated obituary for a man who deserved better than he got from life.

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Against Tyranny: an urgent review of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 July 24
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Why you need to read this book — now.

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Cultural Appropriation, Misappropriation and Cultural Exchange: A primer

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 June 29
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Brian Fawcett takes on the current hot-button issue of Cultural Appropriation and what it means to Canada, its artistic community, and to the future of democracy.

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Report from the Writers’ Union, or, Why Should Not Old Men and Women Be Mad?

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 June 8
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Brian Fawcett attends the AGM of the Writers’ Union of Canada, encounters several revolutions in the making, along with a Manifesto written by writers who are clinically insane or pathologically angry. He passes on the revolutions and joins the angry and/or the crazy writers.

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