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Ola Szczecinska returns to Warsaw to visit her grandmother, and to keep from losing her memories. Read more

Essays

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Paul Blakemore

PuSh Fetival 2018: History History History

Deborah Pearson screens a Hungarian political satire about soccer interspersed with commentary and a family quest. Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2017: Sour Apples

A few decades in the lives of Turkish sisters transport the audience from rural mountain life to the modern big city in this funny, emotional film which is both sweet and sour. Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

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

Short Stories

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

Columns

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

FACT

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

Dispatches

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

Columns

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

Columns

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

Dispatches

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

Reviews

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

Essays

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

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

Dispatches

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