Brian Fawcett is a Toronto-based writer.

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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An Unslick Reckoning

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 June 7
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Brian Fawcett reviews B.C. poet Ken Belford’s latest book. He likes Belford, but isn’t so sure about the new work.

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Caitlin DeSilvey’s Proposition

By Brian Fawcett / 2017 April 24
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As a “cultural geographer” wanders through abandoned industrial buildings in “Curated Decay,” Brian Fawcett wonders whether “autoethnography” is just another fancy academic term for preferring self-therapy to dealing with the mess in Detroit and the rest of a dying planet.

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Losing Sleep

By Brian Fawcett / 2016 February 14
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Brian Fawcett tries to figure out why Nino Ricci’s new novel, Sleep, didn’t register with Canada’s Book Prize Juries.

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A True Blast from the Past

By Brian Fawcett / 2015 July 27
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Brian Fawcett finally reads Cyril Connolly’s The Evening Colonnade after 40 years. He wishes he hadn’t waited so long.

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Medal Madness at the Pan Am Games: a participant’s report

By Brian Fawcett / 2015 July 23
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Brian Fawcett files a report on the Pan Am games, currently blotting out perspective and meaning in Toronto

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Who is David Thauberger and Why is He Painting Pictures of Prince George?

By Brian Fawcett / 2015 June 9
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Brian Fawcett wants everyone in Northern British Columbia to see the exhibition of David Thauberger’s paintings of Prince George. Here’s why.

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Local Investment, Local Knowledge, and the Way Ideas are Imagined

By Brian Fawcett / 2015 June 3
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Brian Fawcett goes home to Prince George to award the “John Harris Prize,” and makes a speech about what happened to the profits and prophets of the region.

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