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).

What the duck?! Redux

By Stan Persky / 2013 December 21
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Stan Persky presses the TV power button to discover some dead ducks.

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Re-re-reading Gore Vidal: A First Anniversary Requiem

By Stan Persky / 2013 July 18
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It’s the month of the first anniversary of the death of writer Gore Vidal. Stan Persky remembers.

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Why Did Alt Lit Cross the Road?

By Stan Persky / 2013 June 20
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Tao Lin’s new novel, “Taipei,” reviewed by Stan Persky from a rocking chair.

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The Judith Butler Footnote: On Post-Gay and the 20th Anniversary of Xtra West

By Stan Persky / 2013 June 6
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Feminist theorist Judith Butler delivers a post-gay commencement address in Montreal.

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It’s the End of the Semester… as we know it

By Stan Persky / 2013 April 18
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Stan Persky looks at the 2012-13 teaching season. Everything from “real education” to MOOCs and the Virtual U.

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Iraq in the Mirror of Media: 10 Years Later

By Stan Persky / 2013 April 4
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The U.S.-led war in Iraq marks its tenth anniversary. How does what the media said about it then stand up today? Dooney’s takes The Orwell Test.

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Language and Silence, or, Just Shut the Fook Up

By Stan Persky / 2013 March 26
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Tim Parks travels to the end of his mind in search of a little peace and quiet.

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The Flanagan Flap

By Stan Persky / 2013 March 4
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Tom Flanagan, remember him? Probably not, if the news and spin cycle has passed you by.

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The Mother-in-Law Joke

By Stan Persky / 2013 February 27
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Stephen Marche thinks it’s the Golden Age of reading and writing. Howard Jacobson thinks readers are disappearing and fiction is “fooked” (as they say in England). Stan Persky investigates.

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When Atoms Collide

By Stan Persky / 2013 February 2
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Stephen Greenblatt tells the story of a Renaissance book-hunter’s trip to the library. Stan Persky looks at Greenblatt’s “The Swerve” and the pushback from its critics.

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