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Park In Progress

Daniel Francis asks why a high-speed commuter route runs through Stanley Park, Vancouver's precious urban oasis. more »

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Not Finishing

"A library is never finished, only abandoned." Alberto Manguel on incompletion, voluntary interruption and the pleasure of the day before. more »

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When Treatment Becomes Torture

Daniel Francis discusses Canada's failing mental health care system and its long history of mistreatment. more »

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Iberian Duet

The assumption of mutual comprehensibility between speakers of Spanish and Portuguese creates a culture of mutual ignorance. more »

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We Are Not a Nation of Amnesiacs

"Canadians have long been convinced that we do not know much, or care much, about our own history, but a new study suggests that this truism is not true." more »

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A Novel for All Times

Alberto Manguel's column from Geist 93 about how the most important Turkish novelist of modern times took over fifty years to reach English-speaking audiences. more »

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Who Cares Who Ate John Franklin?

Daniel Francis on John Franklin, John Rae and the Globe and Mail's enthusiasm for cannibalism. more »

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Fighting Words

A look back at World War I as the first great twentieth-century pollution of language. more »

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Offend

The writer who is loved by all, by definition, neglects literature’s prime responsibility: to offend. more »

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Reading the Commedia

An appreciation of Dante's "Commedia." more »

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Magical Thinking

The canoe as a fetish object, a misreading of Canadian history and a symbol of colonial oppression. more »

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Homage to Nicaragua

Despite hardships and dangerous slums, Nicaragua maintains a sense of hope that draws back to the democratic days of the Sandinistas. more »

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The author, age fifteen, Patagonia

Face in the Mirror

What does it mean to "be" yourself? The face reflected in the mirror is unrecognizable. more »

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The Market and the Mall

In the farmer’s market, a quintessentially Canadian setting, much of Canada is not visible. more »

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Irony-Free Reality TV

There may be more to reality TV than meets the eye. more »

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Neighbourhood of Letters

There are imaginary cities for scientists, vampires, lechers and even bad students—but what about writers? more »

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Not Reading

What we do when we absorb words from a screen— and we haven’t yet evolved a verb for it—is not reading. more »

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Identity in a Cup

Is it the icons of Canadian pop culture—hockey fights, Tim Hortons coffee, Don Cherry’s haberdashery, Rick Mercer’s rants—that reveal the deepest truths about us? more »

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Come to the Cabaret

The Penthouse, the notorious Vancouver night club, shares a history with several of the city's missing women cases. more »

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Language and Nation Now

Do shared languages form the natural boundaries of any nation in the world? more »

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