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52 in 52, Week 1: John Scalzi’s Redshirts

In 52 in 52, Books on June 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm


As you might have read, my partner Alice and I are doing a “52 books in 52 weeks” challenge. I’m not sure I could have picked a more different opening book than Alice did. She went with Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Rather humbling in comparison to my initial offering. Read the rest of this entry »


52 Books in 52 Weeks

In Books, Improbable Mutterings on May 30, 2014 at 9:26 am
Hopefully I will not need a time machine in order to complete my reading challenge.

Hopefully I will not need a time machine to complete my reading challenge.

*taps mic*

Hello? Testing?

Hi! Um. It’s been a while. Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy the Right: Ezra Levant and the Redefinition of Canadian Character

In Books, Culture on June 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

Ezra Levant’s The Enemy Within

I recently wrote a book review for the Toronto Review of Books, an outstanding new publication edited by the dynamic Jessica Duffin Wolfe. The TRB is a really remarkable entity, and the issue I wrote for — its fourth — is its first “themed” issue. I chose to write on Ezra Levant, a compelling and infuriating figure in Canadian media and politics. Levant is a demagogue of the first rank, and undoubtedly a highly intelligent fellow. What a shame, then, that this latest book is more rant than critique: I think he’s capable of producing substantive ideas on Canadian culture, but this is not one of them.

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