George Bowering The Objects of My Affection by George Bowering

George Bowering’s new novel, No One, was published last month by Toronto’s venerable indie publisher ECW press (it was founded back in the 1970s as Essays in Canadian Writing). But apparently not without a little internal debate among the press’s staff about whether the... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Philip Roth (1933-2018): Indelible by Stan Persky

The American novelist Philip Roth died on Tuesday (May 22, 2018). Here’s the essay-review that Dooney’s ran in 2009 about Roth’s novel, The Human Stain (2000), just slightly updated. 1. Philip Roth is quick to remind us, right near the beginning of The Human... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Ageing G-r-r-acefully by Stan Persky

Once one is well beyond the three-quarters of a century mark, the question becomes,  Am I still required to continue ageing gracefully? Or am I permitted some crankiness, minor rants, and small temper tantrums that scatter onlookers or leave them muttering, “Crazy old man”? Permitted... [Read more...]

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Words Falling on Disabled Ears

Trump is deciding whether to pull out of the Iran deal. French president Emmanuel Macron had some friendly advice.

Monday, Monday in Europe… You Gave Me No Warning

In Italy, La Dolce Vita turns sour; in Germany, “stability” is still in fashion; in Switzerland, yodel-oh.

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy (Part MMXVIII)

Some mornings, we sit by the waters of Babylon and scroll down.

Vancouver: I’m Not Proud of This

The Vancouver Pride Society wants to ban uniformed police from the annual Pride parade. Is this something we should take pride in?

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The Objects of My Affection

George Bowering has a new novel. It’s called “No One.” Does it objectify anyone?

Philip Roth (1933-2018): Indelible

Remembering Philip Roth and his indelible novel, “The Human Stain.”

Ashes and Embers

Taking a second look at Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”

Letter from Europe: Worst-Case Scenarios

The Grand Tour is more precarious than it used to be.

2017: Last Year’s Reading

Longer than a tweet, faster than a Fox News lie, here are some of the books of the year — read, re-read, and not-so-red in the Age of Trumpty-Dumpty.

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National Game: Quebec Bans Hockey Mask Face-Covering

Amid criticism from across Canada over a province of Quebec law that bans

Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee.

face coverings for giving or receiving public services or  entertainments,  Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee announced on Thursday that hockey masks for goalies would be banned as part of the “State Religious Neutrality Law.” “Why should goalies be able to hide their faces during the national game?” asked the minister. “Their ability to conceal their goal-tending strategy while a left-winger is taking a slapshot is totally unjust,” Vallee declared.

Hockey mask.

However, in a statement partially walking back her initial decree, Vallee softened the application of the law. “If goalies are taking public transportation to the game,” the minister explained, “they only have to briefly lift their mask for the bus driver to see their face, and can wear the full mask for the remainder of the bus-ride, along with Muslim women, and punks in face-concealing hoodies.”

Person in niqab. Possibly a hockey centre.

Further, Vallee said that hockey centres-in-burkas have to lift their face-coverings only during face-offs. Other “accomodations” will be provided as necessary, the minister promised.


Montreal seismological scientists

Jacques Plante, c. 1945.

reported that legendary Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante (1929-1986) rolled over in his grave, and it registered as a 5.8 quake on the Richter Scale. Plante invented the goaltender mask in the 1959-1960 season when his nose was broken by a shot by  the New York Rangers’ Andy Bathgate. (cf. Wikipedia, “Jacques Plante” for the long history of Plante’s argument with coach Toe Blake, who tried to prevent the goalie from wearing the mask, claiming it would harm the “national game.”) According to the scientists, Plante not only rolled over, but was recorded as saying, “Sacre bleu! Goddamned pure laine bourgeois bosses.”


— Not The Onion, this is The Paul Bunyan Review: Tall Tales for the Time of Trump.

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