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).

Ghomeshi’s Day in Court

By Stan Persky / 2016 February 15
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Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi had his day in court. Here’s what happened.

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Forever Old

By Stan Persky / 2016 February 7
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It’s Oscar season. Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” isn’t nominated for Best Picture, but it’s as interesting as anything else on view.

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The Young and the Restless, and Laura Kipnis

By Stan Persky / 2015 July 25
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“Feminist students protest feminist prof for writing about feminism”: the Laura Kipnis story.

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Letter from Berlin: Quo Vadis, Greece?

By Stan Persky / 2015 July 24
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Questions about Greece that maybe even the Delphic oracle can’t answer.

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Self, with or without Selfies

By Stan Persky / 2015 May 5
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Look in the mirror. Who do you see? Or: What do you see?

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Charlie Hebdo, PEN, Ondaatje

By Stan Persky / 2015 April 29
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The writers’ organization , PEN, is giving an award to Charlie Hebdo magazine. Six prominent writers are protesting. What’s at stake?

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Letter from Berlin: Syriza and the Minotaur

By Stan Persky / 2015 March 21
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Of fiscal gods and monster debts: the Greek crisis.

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! It’s an Ex-Superhero Actor Looking for Artistic Redemption!

By Stan Persky / 2015 February 20
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It’s Oscar time, and Dooney’s goes to the movies in search of a Best Picture.

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For Interpretation: Susan Sontag

By Stan Persky / 2015 February 11
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On the tenth annivarsary of her death, Daniel Schreiber’s biography revisits the life of Susan Sontag.

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Letter from Berlin: History, Cont’d.

By Stan Persky / 2015 January 17
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Reflections on the shootings in Paris, and the Continuation, not the End, of History.

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