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Looking Ahead at Politics and Art

2017. Solid round numbers ending in a lucky seven, the words have a strong ring. Hearing them I see blue and silver. Already, the US presidential campaign, which left many of us feeling black and blue, has produced a silvery consequence.

Remember to Breathe

In today’s world of mega corporations and super-sized “success,” it’s fair to say that art is thrown on the back burner. If you’re not convinced of…

Imagining Montreal

Asked to name the iconic taste of anglo Montreal, most people tend to fall back on high-carb cliché’s like smoked meat and bagels. But look further,…

Giller Gong Show

Opening night reception of Don Quixote at the Centaur, a tiny ubiquitous woman accosts me with the dread question: “Did you catch the Giller Awards on…

Freedom

Midway through Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom, I was seized by certainty that the whole enterprise was a joke. A clever if wildly undisciplined writer puts…