Articles

Cuckoo Coup

By Stan Persky | 2021 November 2

Stan Persky reflects on the ex-prez’s Jan. 6 coup attempt, and the danger that the “next coup” poses to democracy in a post-truth era.

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Some Musings on Quitting Cigarettes and Facebook

By Michael Boughn | 2021 August 21

Michael Boughn on quitting cigarettes, and quitting Facebook. Compare and contrast.

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Lindsay Shepherd and the Post-Scholarship University

By John Harris | 2021 April 13

    In his article “Speaking Out” (The Walrus, June 2019), Toronto-based 30-something freelance contrarian John Semley tells the story of the Wilfred Laurier University (WLU) teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd, who made international headlines when she was censured by a University examining committee for allegedly creating an unsafe learning environment for transgender students. The committee…

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Book Publishing, Bookselling, George Bowering, and the new censorship

By Brian Fawcett | 2021 January 13

        I read George Bowering’s latest book, Writing and Reading (New Star, Vancouver, 2019), in a single sitting, which was unique in my experience of reading him. Bowering can be demanding and occasionally hermetic, and therefore requires intense concentration. But Writing and Reading was like having a conversation with George at a…

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Why Jean Meslier matters

By Max Fawcett | 2020 November 9

Max Fawcett searches for the prophet of atheism.

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Dead Icons and Deader Icons: Which Statues Really Need to Go?

By John Harris | 2020 October 4

John Harris posts a slightly argumentative view on the Statue Wars controversy

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Preserving Racism or Preserving History?

By Margaret Randall | 2020 September 10

Margaret Randall is thinking about statues, racism, and history.

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If it quacks like a Duck, it might not be a Duck, it might be just a Quack. If it sounds like Donald Trump… well, he probably said it, or maybe it was Fox News, or QAnon, or whatever.

By Stan Persky | 2020 September 7

Did Trump say it? Did he deny saying it? Who knows?

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Laszlo F. Foldenyi

A moment With Dostoyevsky, James Wood, and an obscure Hungarian Writer

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 August 6

Brian Fawcett recalls something he discovers about how Dostoyevsky wrote dialogue that leads him to take a swing at James Wood, (the critic, not the actor)

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Kindly People Who Feed Squirrels: A Rant

By Brian Fawcett | 2020 June 19

Brian Fawcett isn’t fond of people who feed peanuts to squirrels. Here’s why.

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