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There were always things to see at the pond—tadpoles, leopard frogs, dragonflies—but that day we saw two boys, with a rifle. more

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It's human nature to jump to the wrong conclusion–and stick with it. more

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

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A man who could dominate his own body was naturally superior to residents of lands “remote and uncivilized.” more

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Femme girls get free Slurpees, but boyish ladies get free cavity searches at the border. more

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A seance to contact a dead miner at Port Arthur, Ontario, in 1923—conducted by Conan Doyle himself. more

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A flower child looks back, to the time between Motown and acid rock. more

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I was ready to have to scrape the smog off my windshield every morning and evening. more

FINDINGS

Adam Gopnik deconstructs the submerged iceberg and unique snowflake metaphors. more

Prose

Stephen Osborne reflects on the Vancouver Poetry Conference, the Occupy movement, and a brunch with NaNoWriMo novelists. more

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Caroline Adderson's house in 1931, courtesy of Madeleine Scott.

A basement shrine in her 1920s home inspires Caroline Adderson to discover the past lives of her house and its inhabitants. more

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The chain-link fence along boulevard de l’Acadie— two metres high, with “appropriate hedge”—separates one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Montreal from one of the poorest. more

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Did that really happen? J. Jill Robinson initiates a midnight stand-off between the police and two drunk brothers in an RV Park in White Rock, B.C. more

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Modern photography is steeped in the instantaneous: exposures are so brief that the unassisted eye in the same interval (less than half a second) would see nothing. The modern photograph always shows us what we have never seen before, hence its etern more

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A first-hand account of Greenpeace's first expedition to stop U.S. underwater nuclear testing on September 15, 1971. more

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Hal Niedzviecki com­mem­o­rates his Jewish grand­fa­ther—a heavy drinker, a bad driver and a Polish refugee. more

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The Bolshevists are coming! The Bolshevists are coming! Daniel Francis recounts Canada's close call with a revolution. more

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What is at the heart of this Edith Iglauer profile by Giller nominee Annabel Lyon? Hint: Ice Road Truckers. more

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A series of lucky events seemed to conspire to bring me to Stettler, Alberta, one day in June 1998. Jennifer, the woman who was in between being my roommate and my girlfriend, was at the Banff Centre and I was on my way there from Saskatoon, where we lived. She had left me fifty dollars for gas so I could pick her up after her workshop, and I had accepted, hoping that when the time came I wouldn’t need it and I could give it back. I did need it, of course. I had been waiting for a cheque to come from the Globe and Mail for one of a series of drawings I was doing for them, and when it was time to leave, the cheque still hadn’t arrived. So I set out from Saskatoon with just a tank of gas and the fifty dollars. more

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One thing Canadians have learned from our armed incursion into Afghanistan is that we do not have a vocabulary for discussing war or warlike events. more

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WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

Does the phrase centre around, as in “the conversation centred around issues of freedom,” bug anyone but me? A centre is a fixed spot, and other stuff moves around it, right?

Lucy, Cyberspace

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