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The wind blows. The sun dwindles. The ice waits. more

Short Stories

A tarot card reading for John Franklin, Arctic explorer and Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land, by Phoebe Tsang. more

Dispatches

Donald Creighton was a bigot and a curmudgeon, a cranky Tory with a chip on his shoulder. He was also the country’s leading historian, who changed the way that Canadians told their own story. more

Columns

The poet Wilson MacDonald reluctantly reveals secrets of literary success. more

FACT

Stephen Osborne discusses the past, present and future of literary magazines in Canada. more

Dispatches

From Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars. more

FACT

"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

Columns

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

Columns

Stephen Osborne's broken cellphone leads him to Schopenhauer, the Titanic publishing industry and historical Phantom Rides. more

Dispatches

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

Columns

A review of the Vanguard of the New Age, Gillian McCann's book about the Theosophical Society, which mixes western spiritualism and eastern mysticism. more

Reviews

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

Essays

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

Columns 1 Comments

In The Lynching of Louie Sam, two teenage boys watched as another—an Aboriginal named Louie Sam—was hanged by a group of men who rode on horseback. Reviewed by Patty Osborne. more

Reviews

"A rookery of dead ends and curved lanes. Everywhere heaps of debris. Pigs rooting in eyes." Explore Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, in poem. more

Dispatches

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Huan Tran

During the 1950s the RCMP used a machine to identify federal employees who were homosexuals. The name of this bogus device? The "fruit machine," of course. more

Columns

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Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. Coup D'etat, 1973.

Chileans remember when their government was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973. more

Dispatches

L.B. Foote fled Newfoundland to avoid life as a cod fisherman and became Winnipeg's best-known photographer, chronicling Boomtown's growth, energy and struggles. more

Essays

In the world between here and there, what place does one call home? more

Columns 1 Comments

Francois-Marc Gagnon explores curiosity as the opposite of indifference. more

Dispatches

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