Stan Persky taught philosophy at Capilano University in N. Vancouver, B.C. He received the 2010 B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His most recent books are Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009 (McGill-Queen's, 2011), Post-Communist Stories: About Cities, Politics, Desires (Cormorant, 2014), and Letter from Berlin: Essays 2015-2016 (Dooney's, 2017).

BANGKOK

By Stan Persky / 2002 February 27
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The Short Version takes us to Southeast Asia..

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SELLING CANADIAN NOVELS: WHO CARES?

By Stan Persky / 2002 February 21
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Stan Persky makes a relevant point about commerce and Literature at Brian Fawcett’s expense.

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FINDING, DREAMING, MAKING

By Stan Persky / 2002 February 10
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Stan Persky reviews Paul Strathern’s book on Dmitri Mendeleyev, who created the Periodic Table

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SONNET ABOUT ORPHEUS 3 (MIROIR)

By Stan Persky / 2002 February 6
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The third in a developing series

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David Berg

By Stan Persky / 2002 February 1
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Stan Persky documents the short, strange life of a charismatic West Coast therapist…

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THE CENSOR’S PASSION

By Stan Persky / 2002 January 23
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From Thailand, Persky offers a view of J.M. Coetzee’s 1996 Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship

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Wilder Bentley and Walt Whitman

By Stan Persky / 2002 January 2
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Stan Persky is back with the next entry in The Short Version, this one about an important teacher, and an important poet

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SONNET ABOUT ORPHEUS 2

By Stan Persky / 2001 December 21
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Today no one cares about the tongue of Orpheus cut out by order of the tyrant yesterday.     And everyday schoolchildren visit the museum to gaze indifferently upon the tongue of Orpheus in a glass case.    Allthat’slivingmemorytome isbuttheendofhistory    for the children bow their heads only to the little screens    in their palms "…class…

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War and Peaceniks

By Stan Persky / 2001 December 19
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Stan Persky tells us what he thinks about the WTC attacks, the war in Afghanistan, and the media’s response to both.

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ROLAND BARTHES

By Stan Persky / 2001 October 12
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Stan Persky’s fourteenth entry in The Short Version is about the French writer, Roland Barthes

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