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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).

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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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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