Stan Persky

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).

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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Twitter Storm Spatters Elderly Writers Talese and Trillin

By Stan Persky / 2016 April 13
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Veteran writers Gay Talese and Calvin Trillin come under digital fire. The Old People’s Review of Books rushes to their defense.

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Letter from Berlin: The Refugee Referendum

By Stan Persky / 2016 March 18
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In Germany, voters go to the polls to assess Angela Merkel’s refugee policy.

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Women I Read: International Women’s Day 2016

By Stan Persky / 2016 March 8
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An IWD game: who would be on your list?

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Keeping the Peace: A Site C Memoir

By Stan Persky / 2016 March 2
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A Site C dam memoir.

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Letter from Berlin: What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy?

By Stan Persky / 2016 February 29
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Eyes on the Spies. Revisiting the Cold War with Steven Spielberg and John le Carre.

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