Brian Fawcett is a Toronto-based writer.

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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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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