by Chris Berger Roughly one year ago, a friend asked me what I read in a year. This got me thinking that it might be fun to keep track, so despite my typical aversion to New Year’s resolutions, I decided to start keeping a monthly record last January. This never went past updating a list on my laptop and posting a picture of my literary … Continue reading Chris’s Reading List, Vol. 1
by Chris Linden You’ll go to work at six thirty like you do every morning. You’ll open the doors, turn on the espresso machine, and wait for the crowd to form. It’ll be another normal day in another normal job. You’ll smile at your regular customers and ask them how their weekends were. You might even have their drink ready before they order. George comes … Continue reading Routine: A Short Story
by Kevin Holowack By seven a.m., I’m standing outside a McDonald’s on the outskirts of Manchester, at the top of the road that joins the M6 motorway. It was a two-hour walk from where I was staying, and I’m rain-damp by the time I arrive, so I use an elm tree for shelter and bounce on my toes to warm up. I assured my friend … Continue reading The NORTH Sign
by Rita Maria Neyer Here is a thought that many of you can probably relate to in one way or another (for women of colour, LBGTQ+, and non-binary people, the story would be even more complex, but I am bound to speak from my own experience as a cis-gender ‘white’ woman). Maybe a friend told you about a similar situation, or maybe you’ve been there … Continue reading The Power of Cute
by Katherine Abbass Once Molly had explained to me her ancestry, things started making more sense. I knew there were freshwater leeches and saltwater leeches and that they, unlike snakes, really were slimy to the touch. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor, of course; medical history tells us that leeches were used to extract blood from patients. The sensation isn’t even too bad. … Continue reading Before It Was A Needle
by Christopher Berger Like it or not, we’re faced with the need to curate our sources of information. In one sense, we are blessed with innumerable, easily accessed media for news. But as anyone who has spent any time online will know, an overwhelming majority of it is, frankly, garbage. We are therefore compelled to be selective. Twitter and Facebook are good cases in point … Continue reading What’s in the News?
by Nicholas Siennicki She might have looked back, just then, for a second. She might have, but she didn’t. A part of her told her to do it, just to tear back her eyes and feel that rush, that excitement, that spirit that still lingered heavy in the air. It would be just the way it was it seemed to tell her, it would be … Continue reading Welcome Home.
by Srosh Hassan Hasan Minhaj had me struggling to find the right words. The Daily Show’s iconic comic tells an incredibly well-woven story about being a Muslim in America in his newest Netflix Comedy Special, Homecoming King. With unbelievable humor, he walks us through his childhood, growing up in a South Asian home, cleverly integrating the subject of racism, and what it means to play … Continue reading The New Brown America (Playing Your Cards and Taking Your Seat)
by Christopher Berger George Grant’s Lament for a Nation remains a seminal treatment of the state of the Canadian national identity more than four and a half decades after its initial publication. Perhaps even timelier now in the twenty-first century in light of events following its first appearance, Grant’s book addresses the highly controversial and divisive issue of Canadian nationalism in an age in which … Continue reading Canadian Modernity and Its Discontents
by Chris Berger This year, 2017, marks the sesquicentennial of Canada’s founding. With Canada Day upon us, you’re probably busy planning weekend camping trips and backyard barbecues. Me being me, however, I’m using the occasion to fill any time not spent prepping for the aforementioned parties with my nose buried in books about the birth of Canada and its continuing trials and debates. Perhaps now … Continue reading Debating Canada – A Reading List for Canada’s 150th