Culture & Conversation

Lew Terman demonstrating the theremin

Theremin and pheromones

Romance, cold war espionage, New York in the Roaring Twenties and even French Montreal all linger in the background of Sean Michaels’ debut novel about Russian inventor Lev Termen.


The age of the troll

Trolls are the bane of the virtual world, but also a marker of our 2.0 times. What does a troll want out of life? Where do trolls get their energy and political beliefs?

An Iraqi Army soldier conducts a patrol.

Post 9/11 fire

Hailed as a post-apocalyptic mind-fuck, Fire in the Unnameable Country is a post 9/11 Muslim’s account of imaginary boundaries, surveillance, and an altered reality.

Landmark 1992 queer doc Forbidden Love is being re-released by the NFB

Love resurrection

Filmmakers Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman discuss the re-­release of their landmark 1992 documentary, Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives.

Godzilla is back and in San Francisco. Will he destroy the world, or save it from the MUTOs?

Godzilla to the rescue?

Ever since Honda’s 1954 original, Godzilla has teetered between hero and villain roles. In Edwards’ new take, Godzilla takes on new arch-nemeses: Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms.

Egyptian soccer fans celebrate after a win over Algeria. Photo by Asmaa Waguih, Creative Commons.

We are alive

I sat at the edge of the hospital chair, laughing and crying, and watched my husband’s face as he bolted up, shouting for joy when his beloved team scored.