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"Today your dog will decide to end things. Your dog, who is wearing a red vinyl jacket and is tied to the tree on the boulevard outside the thrift store." more

Dispatches

So much of how life feels lies in the phrasing. more

FACT

"If cities can be said to be alive, how many of them dream of growing up to become Paris?" Michael Hayward reviews How Paris Became Paris by Joan DeJean. more

Reviews

Kris Rothstein recounts her experience at the Pickathon, a music festival in Portland, Oregon. more

Reviews

Possum-style or straight up dirty. more

Dispatches

Patty Osborne reviews Do You Think This Is Strange? by Aaron Cully Drake, a look into the mind of an autistic teenage boy. more

Reviews

"I follow my penis around town for a while, wandering aimlessly through all the women—why do I ever leave this city?" more

FICTION 3 Comments

D.M. Fraser on the myth of cultural identity. more

Essays

Lacking in drama and embarrassingly undemocratic, Canada’s origins owe a lot to old-fashioned politics and not much to European battles or transcontinental railways. more

Columns

Eve Corbel reviews two short biographic documentaries: Seth's Dominion and I Thought I Told You to Shut Up. more

Reviews

An exploration of art and pop culture by Anna Banana. more

FACT

The idea of Europe is incarnated nowhere as much as in St. Petersburg—Stephen Henighan on Europe's greatest city. more

Columns

"Life in Canada is just bear attack after bear attack. It always happens, as incalculable as the number of times Irving Layton used the word 'loins.'" more

POETRY

"Authenticity is the essential quality of all travel literature, imaginary or real." more

Columns

"My father began his shopping spree in the fashion department. He ordered jackets, sweaters, shirts, trousers and shoes. In his new wardrobe he looks like a mummy that has been dressed up for a big night of trick-or-treating." more

Dispatches

Stephen Osborne discusses the happiness level of Vancouver, the best place on earth. more

Reviews

Are you an engineer? Are you sure? more

FACT

"I don’t read them—I don’t have time; I scan them. The title explains it all: I don’t read." more

FICTION

"I fed an eight-year-old a hot dog that I’d dropped in the sink and then shortchanged him because we were out of five-dollar bills." more

FICTION 1 Comments

AnnMarie MacKinnon reviews Death and the Penguin, a novel that follows the life of a young Ukrainian writer and his penguin. more

Reviews

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WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

Why has the perfectly good noun "gift" been twisted into use as a verb, replacing the perfectly good verb "give"?

—Constance, Coquitlam BC

Read the answer from Geist Editors!

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