Brian Fawcett (1944-2022) is a founding co-editor of dooneyscafe.com. He's the author of many books, including "Cambodia: A book for people who find television too slow" (1986), "Gender Wars" (1994), "Virtual Clearcut, or The Way Things Are in My Hometown" (2003), "Local Matters: A Defence of Dooney's Cafe and other Non-Globalized People, Places, and Ideas" (2003) and "Human Happiness" (2011).
RIP Henry Hoekema
A belated obituary for a man who deserved better than he got from life.Read More
Against Tyranny: an urgent review of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny
Why you need to read this book — now.Read More
Cultural Appropriation, Misappropriation and Cultural Exchange: A primer
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.Read More
Report from the Writers’ Union, or, Why Should Not Old Men and Women Be Mad?
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.Read More
An Unslick Reckoning
Brian Fawcett reviews B.C. poet Ken Belford’s latest book. He likes Belford, but isn’t so sure about the new work.Read More
Caitlin DeSilvey’s Proposition
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.Read More
Brian Fawcett tries to figure out why Nino Ricci’s new novel, Sleep, didn’t register with Canada’s Book Prize Juries.Read More
A True Blast from the Past
Brian Fawcett finally reads Cyril Connolly’s The Evening Colonnade after 40 years. He wishes he hadn’t waited so long.Read More
Medal Madness at the Pan Am Games: a participant’s report
Brian Fawcett files a report on the Pan Am games, currently blotting out perspective and meaning in TorontoRead More
Who is David Thauberger and Why is He Painting Pictures of Prince George?
Brian Fawcett wants everyone in Northern British Columbia to see the exhibition of David Thauberger’s paintings of Prince George. Here’s why.Read More