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Stephen Henighan


Stephen Henighan is a novelist and academic whose works include A Grave in the Air, A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change, and Sandino’s Nation. Read more of his work at stephenhenighan.com. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHenighan.

Like most advice given to writers, the injunction to “write what you know” is misleading. more

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The crowds learned that they could not act effectively in the present without confronting the past, specifically the historical treatment of indigenous people. more

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On the screen, only the image—not the word—can become the world. more

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

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Stephen Henighan asks: what if you don't have a tidy answer to "Where are you from?" more

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"Cross-country skiing offered me the reassurance sought by the immigrant who is excluded from his locality’s history: a viable alternate route to belonging." more

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"In the public eye, universities have never recovered from the antics of Donald Sutherland as Professor Jennings in the 1978 film Animal House." more

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

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

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

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

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

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Stephen Henighan replies to Geist reader Elana Rabinovitch's comments about his article, "Kingmakers" (issue 63). more

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A bibliophile's worst nightmare: being stuck on a plane with a terrible book. A book mistaken for a work of serious history. more

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As Canadian leaders look to emulate Asian nations, our government fails to see that the tigers' fatal flaw is the absence of democracy. Or, maybe they do see. more

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Stephen Henighan argues that efficiency has become a core value that heightens social divisions. more

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Stephen Henighan investigates bus travel as one of Canada's last surviving democratic spaces. more

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Stephen Henighan remembers Mavis Gallant, the original nomad of Canadian literature, who wrote some of Canada's finest fiction at Pablo Picasso's café table in Paris. more

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