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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).

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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Mein Trumpf, or Through a Cracked Crystal Ball Darkly

By Stan Persky / 2016 October 17
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Reading the far-right subculture.

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In Madrid: Landscape with Ghosts

By Stan Persky / 2016 September 5
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In Spain’s capital there are absent poets, the absence of government, and terrace cafes on a late summer afternoon

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Say Something

By Stan Persky / 2016 July 17
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What distinguishes humans from other animals? Here’s Noam Chomsky on the language question.

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Toronto Pride Meets Black Lives Matter

By Stan Persky / 2016 July 12
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We Canadians can probably live with it. But, can Facebook users?

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Orlando: Notes on a Massacre

By Stan Persky / 2016 July 6
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Reading Orlando. Grieving Orlando.

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Mein Trumpf, Brexit, and Europe’s Rising Right: Letter from Berlin

By Stan Persky / 2016 June 28
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Austrian elections, British referenda, and The Donald — we’re contemplating almost everything.

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National Anthem: True Patriot Fondness

By Stan Persky / 2016 June 10
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There, there, now that didn’t hurt so much, did it? Last week (or was it the week before? the hazy, lazy parliamentary summer is upon us), the Canadian House of Commons voted 219-79, during second reading, for a bill that would change two words in the country’s national anthem, “O, Canada,” to make it gender…

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