Brian Fawcett Who is David Thauberger and Why is He Painting Pictures of Prince George by Brian Fawcett

The closest thing I could find to an official biography has this to say about David Thauberger: He was born in Holdfast, Saskatchewan, in 1948. He studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, where ceramic sculptor David Gilhooly served as an early mentor,... [Read more...]

John Harris Defender of the Faith by John Harris

I wasn’t very interested in the centuries-old debate about the existence of God until Conrad Black entered the lists (National Post, 21 and 28 March, 2015). Black is that rare thing, a big man with a big ego and love of ostentation who made it big, suffered a fall from grace,... [Read more...]

Brian Fawcett Local Investment, Local Knowledge, and the Way Ideas are Imagined by Brian Fawcett

In the March 13 2015 Prince George Citizen, reporter Frank Peebles quotes UNBC Creative Writing professor Rob Budde, who had just been nominated for a B.C. Book Prize for poetry, as follows: “I’ve noticed Prince George being erased by a lot of its artists in previous times,... [Read more...]

Newest Articles

Who is David Thauberger and Why is He Painting Pictures of Prince George

Brian Fawcett wants everyone in Northern British Columbia to see the exhibition of David Thauberger’s paintings of Prince George. Here’s why.

Defender of the Faith

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

Local Investment, Local Knowledge, and the Way Ideas are Imagined

Brian Fawcett goes home to Prince George to award the “John Harris Prize,” and makes a speech about what happened to the profits and prophets of the region.

Fact-Resistant Humans

Andy Borowitz is at it again.

Charlie Hebdo, PEN, Ondaatje

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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Newest Reviews

Hobo with a Shotgun

John Harris reviews Rob Budde’s award-nominated Dreamland Theatre, and the Prince George Poetry War continues

Self, with or without Selfies

Look in the mirror. Who do you see? Or: What do you see?

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! It’s an Ex-Superhero Actor Looking for Artistic Redemption!

It’s Oscar time, and Dooney’s goes to the movies in search of a Best Picture.

For Interpretation: Susan Sontag

On the tenth annivarsary of her death, Daniel Schreiber’s biography revisits the life of Susan Sontag.

Love in Venice

What to read on the way to Venice.

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Newest Dictionary Entry

MacKay, Peter
Peter MacKay.

Peter MacKay.

Ah, Peter MacKay, we hardly knew ye (thank G-d!); after 20 years in federal politics and now you’re retirin’. Here at Dooney’s Dictionary we were truly dreading having to crank up some cynicism and bile as we marked your parliamentary passing. But, mirabile dictu, and hark!, the herald angels sing, along came the conservative (but, we always add, “intelligent and competent”) columnist, Andrew Coyne, to do the job for us. You’ve no idea how nice it is to get out of work. Reverend Coyne, over to you:

Andrew Coyne.

Andrew Coyne.

“His career at the top of Canadian politics tells us more about the state of Canadian politics than anything else. That such a palpable cipher could have remained in high office for nearly a decade is a testament to many things: the thinness of the Tory front bench, the decline of cabinet, the prime minister’s cynicism, the media’s readiness to go along with the joke. The one thing it does not signify is his importance. He had all of the titles, but little influence, and less achievement. That he has now discovered a desire to spend more time with his family rather than run for re-election (though earlier this year he had insisted he had filed his nomination papers) may be a sign he is anticipating defeat, or that he is anticipating a patronage post — as ambassador to the United States, perhaps, or as a judge — or even that he is anticipating a future leadership run. It is not much more than that.

“The notion being put about that MacKay was some sort of tempering influence on Harper, or that without him — pillar of an Atlantic caucus that is about to be wiped out, leader of the half dozen-strong Progressive Conservative wing of the party — the party’s chances in the next election are appreciably diminished, is the triumph of journalism’s relentless search for significance, even where none exists. It is Harper’s party now? It has always been Harper’s party — though in fairness it is a party that now stands for just about the same things MacKay does, so far as anyone can tell.

“It seems unlikely that history will record this as the end of ‘the MacKay era.’ It is difficult to speak of a MacKay legacy, or MacKayism, at least with a straight face. Indeed, it is difficult to recall much about him even now. Though not gone, he is forgotten. We shall look upon his like again.”

— Andrew Coyne, National Post, May 29, 2015

We couldn’t have sneered it better ourselves.

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