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Norbert Ruebsaat


Norbert Ruebsaat has written many articles for Geist. He lives in Vancouver and teaches at Simon Fraser University.

Norbert Ruebsaat learns that true happiness requires “an ability to live with ambiguity and tolerate a certain degree of physical humour” in Brian Fawcett's memoir, Human Happiness. more

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Norbert Ruebsaat reviews Ingmar Bergman's Private Confessions and the screening at which he saw it. more

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Norbert Ruesbaat's Christmas book was Stan Persky’s Autobiography of a Tattoo. He read it twice, and then went back and read many parts a third time. more

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Norbert Ruebsaat reviews George Bowering's Errata (1988). more

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Alberto Manguel’s A History of Reading taught me to read. more

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She was a conversationalist, a home builder and a deliverer of calves. Those who loved Ursula will miss her adventurous soul. more

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Opa, you know that sometimes people say things, well, indirectly? They don’t say everything that they mean? more

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After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hakescher Markt became one of hippest neigh­bour­hoods in Berlin, Eine coole, trendie, hippe Szene. Sehr in. Eine gechillte Atmosphäre. more

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Reflexive Polyphony

Norbert Ruebsaat walks through George Stanley’s Vancouver more

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Leonard Cohen pays a visit to the neighborhood in song. more

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Poetry and Truth 3: Smart People

What kind of smart are you? A blogger and his grandson discuss the mysteries of the brain. more

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Golden Voice II: Call and Response

The Poetry and Truth blogger takes up the question of “pop” vs. “poetry.” Join the discussion in the comments section. more

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When we hitchhiked back to Castle­gar it was dark and the lights on the car dashboards flickered and their glass reflected the faces of the men who’d picked us up and who, I imagined, knew everything there was to know about electricity. more

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I first read Stan Persky’s essay/story “Topic Sentence” in ­1977, in his book Wrestling the Angel. After finishing it I lay awake in bed for a long time, thinking and feeling breathless. At the time, Persky was beginning his long career as an organi more

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These stories and conversations took place in a Media and Communications Studies class at a Canadian college. Students come to the college from many countries, in the hope of enrolling eventually in a North American university. more

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Once while living in Burma (now Myanmar), Goran Simic and his brother, whose father was the Serbian ambassador, were stopped by rebels on their way to the international school in Yangon. They were hauled out of their diplomatic Mercedes limousine and forced at gunpoint to witness the beheading, at the side of the road, of a uniformed Myanmar government official. more

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In August 2006, in a former miner’s hall in Silverton, B.C., across Slocan Lake from New Denver Glacier in the Valhalla Range, a group of us listened to Bessie Wapp’s one-woman show, Hello, I Must Be Going, which recalls to life the voices of four Je more

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