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There may be more to reality TV than meets the eye. Read more

Columns

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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Is it the icons of Canadian pop culture—hockey fights, Tim Hortons coffee, Don Cherry’s haberdashery, Rick Mercer’s rants—that reveal the deepest truths about us? Read more

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"We are the arbiters." A piece about Canadian artistic culture and recognition. Read more

Prose 1 Comments

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

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Parables, cautionary tales, morality plays, allegories—the notion that we can study literary works as texts of ethics is as old as literature. Read more

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Geist reader Deirdre Laidlaw's response to Stephen Henighan's article, "Kingmakers" (issue 63). Read more

Letters to the Editor

Geist reader Lisa Moore's response to Stephen Henighan's article, "Kingmakers" (issue 63). Read more

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

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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

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I’ve now read Comment parler des livres que l’on n’a pas lus? and I’m happy to say that I was right. Read more

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Michael Turner questions a US-curated exhibit of Canadian art that exoticizes Canadian artists while suggesting they are un-exotic. Read more

Dispatches 1 Comments

Richard Stursberg’s memoir of his years in CBC programming raises the question: How did someone with no sympathy for public broadcasting get the job in the first place? Read more

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Rebel Sell 2009: Christopher Dombres

Stephen Henighan argues that efficiency has become a core value that heightens social divisions. Read more

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Stephen Henighan investigates bus travel as one of Canada's last surviving democratic spaces. Read more

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Daniel Francis investigates the practice of visiting asylums and penitentiaries as entertainment in nineteenth-century Canada. Read more

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Stephen Henighan compares the chaotic sprawl of "Third World" societies to the degradation of Canada's political, social and physical landscape. Read more

Essays 1 Comments

Stephen Henighan argues that audiences used to have different opinions on the news; now they cannot even agree on the terms of debate. Read more

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WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

Why do you always write “such as” instead of the easier, quicker and more down-to-earth “like,” in a phrase with one or more examples?

 
—Theresa G., Greater Vancouver
 

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