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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).

Monday Monday: Keeping Up with the Trumps

By Stan Persky / 2017 August 5
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It’s a brand new week. What’s the tweeter-in-chief gonna do today? Keeping up with the Trumps is exhausting.

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Larry Fagin and Prose Poems

By Stan Persky / 2017 May 28
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Larry Fagin (1937-2017) thought that a lot of life was “off-the-cuff” and that “prose poems” were one way of conveying that insight.

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Desperately Seeking Readers

By Stan Persky / 2017 April 28
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Reading is in big trouble, says critic Alex Good. CanLit, he adds, may be in even bigger trouble.

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Letter from Europe: The Little Dutch Boy

By Stan Persky / 2017 March 23
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He stuck his finger in the leaky dike. Did it stop the floodwaters of right-wing populism washing over Europe?

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Narrating Galloway

By Stan Persky / 2017 January 24
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Novelist Steven Galloway got fired from his job as Creative Writing Dept. chair at UBC. What happened? It depends on the story you tell.

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Trump’s Oink-Oink, er, Inaugural Speech

By Stan Persky / 2017 January 21
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The joys of free speech and writing columns-by-number.

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John Berger, 1926-2017

By Stan Persky / 2017 January 3
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The death of a storyteller.

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Letter from Berlin: Read the News Today, Oh Boy

By Stan Persky / 2016 December 28
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Berlin terrorist attack. The here and there of it.

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Numbers and Narratives: Notes on the Trumpiad

By Stan Persky / 2016 November 25
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If one picture is worth a thousand words, is one narrative worth a thousand numbers? The 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Brawl on the Beach: The Making of an Absurdist Masterpiece

By Stan Persky / 2016 November 2
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How Albert Camus’s literary classic came into being, despite an absurd world and an absent divinity.

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