Women I Read: International Women’s Day

By Stan Persky | March 8, 2023

An International Women’s Day game: who would be on your list? One way to mark IWD: thinking about the women writers we read.

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The Sussex Variations, or Two Boars (Ch. 2): Stress, Distress, and the Sussex Downs

By Brian Fawcett | March 5, 2023

Brian Fawcett’s “Sussex Variations, or Two Boars,” Ch. 2. People feel distress. So do pigs. Living and learning on an English farm.

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After the Asshole Apocalypse

By Daniel Gawthrop | March 1, 2023

From the Archives: How to keep thinking and acting during and after the Apocalypse. Daniel Gawthrop has some practical suggestions.

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The Sussex Variations, or Two Boars (Ch. 1): Luck, Generosity and the Rules

By Brian Fawcett | February 27, 2023

Brian Fawcett, age 18, from northern British Columbia, arrives at his uncle’s and aunt’s pig farm in Sussex, England, and comes-of-age as two 400-pound boars charge into battle.

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Scribbles from Italy: The Big Valley, Here’s to the Big Brain, No Turn Around, Breeding Ground…

By Vian Andrews | February 26, 2023

Vian Andrews’ dispatches from the Umbrian countryside welcome the light and rage against its dying.

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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto / a / overture

By David Shields | February 19, 2023

David Shields’ 2010 manifesto, “Reality Hunger,” about the state of contemporary writing. Time for a second look.

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Scribbles from Italy: The Centre of Things, Last Days in Canada, And So It Begins

By Vian Andrews | February 12, 2023

Canadian writer Vian Andrews and his wife moved from Vancouver to Umbria in Italy. Here are his “scribbles” from a new place in the world.

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Joined at the Mind: Brian Fawcett (1944-2022)

By Stan Persky | January 25, 2023

Brian Fawcett wrote books for people who find television too slow. Stan Persky remembers a writer who never forgot his hometown, and with whom he shared a “joint mind.”

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Cuckoo Coup

By Stan Persky | November 2, 2021

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 | August 21, 2021

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

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