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The Brave New World of 1984

Entertained to Death “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of … Continue reading

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‘In Your Face’ book review

Some books can take you by surprise, suddenly causing a shift in your perceptions. In Your Face: What’s Yours Saying About You? by Emisch Oghma is one such book. It’s a contemporary Western take on the ancient Chinese practice of … Continue reading

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Evolutionaries vs. The Psychopath Factor

There’s a classic scene in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie when Indiana Jones is faced with an expert swordsman in an Arab marketplace.[1] Realizing he’s hopelessly outclassed, Jones simply pulls out his revolver and shoots the man. This … Continue reading

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Laundry Lines—Telegraphing Memory and Experience

Normally I wouldn’t have much interest in a collection so firmly based in women’s experience. It’s a history I can’t possibly hope to understand at the same level as a woman. But Laundry Lines by Ann Elizabeth Carson goes far … Continue reading

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Memoirs—Sideways and Otherwise

“If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other … Continue reading

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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology

Kingdom of the Banal Why is it I find it so hard to finish novels these days? And I’m not talking about trashy supermarket fluff, either. I mean the stuff that in Canada is given the imprimateur of ‘literary fiction.’ … Continue reading

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Margoshes’ Wager a Novel Leap of Imagination

INTRODUCTION: This week I’m featuring an interview with novelist Dave Margoshes, whose earlier novel Drowning Man I reviewed favourably in this blog on November 17, 2014 as The Lost Kootenay Novel. (See Book Reviews thread.) This year the prolific Margoshes … Continue reading

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