Against Tyranny: an urgent review of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny

July 24, 2017 by  
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Why you need to read this book — now.

Omar Khadr: Window on the Canadian Soul

July 11, 2017 by  
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Thinking through the controversy over a child soldier.

Cultural Appropriation, Misappropriation and Cultural Exchange: A primer

June 29, 2017 by  
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Brian Fawcett takes on the current hot-button issue of Cultural Appropriation and what it means to Canada, its artistic community, and to the future of democracy.

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

June 8, 2017 by  
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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.

An Unslick Reckoning

June 7, 2017 by  
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Brian Fawcett reviews B.C. poet Ken Belford’s latest book. He likes Belford, but isn’t so sure about the new work.

Larry Fagin and Prose Poems

May 28, 2017 by  
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Larry Fagin (1937-2017) thought that a lot of life was “off-the-cuff” and that “prose poems” were one way of conveying that insight.

Apocalypses Now

May 5, 2017 by  
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Is it the End of the World as we know it? And, if so, Michael Boughn asks, what will it look like? Zombies, Aliens, AI? Updating the Apocalypse.

Desperately Seeking Readers

April 28, 2017 by  
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Reading is in big trouble, says critic Alex Good. CanLit, he adds, may be in even bigger trouble.

Caitlin DeSilvey’s Proposition

April 24, 2017 by  
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As a “cultural geographer” wanders through abandoned industrial buildings in “Curated Decay,” Brian Fawcett wonders whether “autoethnography” is just another fancy academic term for preferring self-therapy to dealing with the mess in Detroit and the rest of a dying planet.

Letter from Europe: The Little Dutch Boy

March 23, 2017 by  
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He stuck his finger in the leaky dike. Did it stop the floodwaters of right-wing populism washing over Europe?

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