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Stephen Henighan


Stephen Henighan’s most recent books are the short story collection Blue River and Red Earth and his translation of the Angolan writer Ondjaki’s novel Transparent City. Read more of his work at geist.com and stephenhenighan.com. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHenighan.

"The hemispheric context reveals the roots of the residential school system...Destroying Indigenous cultures was a positivist policy from Patagonia to Dawson City." more

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Anti-communism, retired by most Western governments, receives monumental status in Canada more

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Stephen Henighan discusses the crude first steps to finding a new way to talk about racial reality. more

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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

Letters to the Editor

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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