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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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Far from the Madding Crowd

By Stan Persky | 2020 December 11

Douglas Murray’s “The Madness of Crowds,” a critique of the “social justice movement,” is a conservative writer’s response to gays, feminists, race, and trans people. Stan Persky reviews it, keeping an eye on the tripwires in an ideological minefield.

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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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Apropos of Woody Allen: The Anxiety of Being… and don’t forget Nothingness

By Stan Persky | 2020 August 18

Woody Allen’s autobiography is not-so-great, but the films are more than good. Stan Persky reviews the book, the scandals, and the stuff on the silver screen.

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Big Pharma: drugging involuntary psychiatric patients

By Tom Sandborn | 2020 July 2

Lawyer Jim Gottstein uncovers Big Pharma’s use of the drug Zyprexa on involuntary mental patients.

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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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Paul Krugman vs. the Policy Proposals of the Living Dead

By Stan Persky | 2020 April 27

Paul Krugman’s Arguing With Zombies drives a stake through the heart of “zombie ideas.” The premier U.S. op-ed columnist who writes honestly about dishonesty.

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