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Stephen Henighan


Stephen Henighan’s most recent book is the short story collection Blue River and Red Earth (Cormorant Books). Read more of his work at geist.com and stephenhenighan.com. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHenighan.

In Hungary, goulash socialism becomes difficult to swallow Read more

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Unravelling the mysteries of Alejo Carpentier Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

Which of these three sentences, if any, are grammatically okay?

 
—Chickening Out, Vancouver BC
 

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