Stan Persky Dear Old Golden Rule Days by Stan Persky

Sheldon Goldfarb, The Hundred-Year Trek: A History of Student Life at UBC (2017). 1. In The Hundred-Year Trek, a coffee-table history of student life at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia (UBC), archivist Sheldon Goldfarb grracefully turns what could be a century-long... [Read more...]

Brian Fawcett Who in Hell Writes This Crap, Anyway? by Brian Fawcett

    The all-caps jacket copy for the paperback edition of Station Eleven, a novel by Can-Am writer  Emily St. John Mandel, reads as follows:  “An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse”. ... [Read more...]

George Stanley Writing Old Age by George Stanley

Vancouver poet George Stanley’s most recent book is West Broadway (New Star Books, 2018). Here are three poems from the book. Dooney’s thinks that West Broadway and its partner volume, George Bowering’s Some End, may be tipped – well, okay, ought to be tipped —... [Read more...]

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Who in Hell Writes This Crap, Anyway?

Brian Fawcett reads the jacket copy of a science fiction novel

Writing Old Age

Old Age and Writing are disturbed by thought. Three George Stanley poems.

Ageing G-r-r-acefully

I’m mad as hell and…

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.

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Dear Old Golden Rule Days

Sheldon Goldfarb’s history of student life at UBC takes us back to school.

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.

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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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