The Column

Report from the Writers’ Union, or, Why Should Not Old Men and Women Be Mad?

By Brian Fawcett | 2017 June 8

Brian Fawcett attends the AGM of the Writers’ Union of Canada, encounters several revolutions in the making, along with a Manifesto written by writers who are clinically insane or pathologically angry. He passes on the revolutions and joins the angry and/or the crazy writers.

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Letter from Europe: The Little Dutch Boy

By Stan Persky | 2017 March 23

He stuck his finger in the leaky dike. Did it stop the floodwaters of right-wing populism washing over Europe?

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Trump’s Oink-Oink, er, Inaugural Speech

By Stan Persky | 2017 January 21

The joys of free speech and writing columns-by-number.

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Nanaimo Pride: The Resistance of Memory

By Daniel Gawthrop | 2016 July 7

Nanaimo, B.C. held its first Pride Parade. But when?

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Insiders, Outsiders

By Sidney Australia | 2016 April 24

How to keep your head (and mind) when most of the “narrative” about the 2016 U.S. presidential election is b.s.

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Bringing Up Mother

By John Harris | 2016 February 14

John Harris reads the work of 1970s Vancouver poetry icon Daphne Marlatt through the eyes of her relationship with her son, Kit. This is part of a series of parent/offspring critical studies Harris has embarked on.

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Defender of the Faith

By John Harris | 2015 June 4

A few months ago, Conrad Black returned to the Christian faith. John Harris looks it over, and says, “Not so fast”.

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Charlie Hebdo, PEN, Ondaatje

By Stan Persky | 2015 April 29

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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Chronicles of Chronos: Ian Reid

By Stan Persky | 2014 April 9

Stan Persky checks the time.

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On the Margaret Wente Annual Anti-University Column

By Stan Persky | 2014 March 17

This year, Margaret Wente thinks professors aren’t working enough. The underworked Stan Persky checks it out.

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