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Making Do With Mere Civility

by Chris Berger Think of the word politics. And then, think of a typical conversation about politics: on the LRT, in the kitchen at home, at the bar, on TV, or (gods give us strength) online. Does the word “civility” come to mind? I’d sincerely hope it does, but I also understand and sympathize if it does not.  It’s something frequently talked about, but the … Continue reading Making Do With Mere Civility

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New Series! A Rake at Reading

by Nathan Pinkoski ‘People say that life is a thing, but I prefer reading.’ Whether Robertson Davies said that, or someone else entirely, has ceased to matter to me; for I, like Davies, have made reading my great refuge and solace. Like Davies, I read piles of rubbish for necessity, to make a living; like Davies, I also read for my own satisfaction, just as … Continue reading New Series! A Rake at Reading

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Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

by Chris Berger Attempting one’s first steps into philosophic thought is a daunting, frankly reckless, and directionless gamble. I say directionless because good guidance is at such a premium and reckless because we seldom have a clear idea of what we want out of it. As for daunting, those who take such a step with confidence know not what they’re getting into. What is the … Continue reading Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

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Fear and Loathing in Modernity

by Chris Berger We moderns are uncomfortable with being modern. Such is the point of departure for Steven B. Smith’s probing new book, Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Un-Making the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow. This will make it of pressing interest for those interested in the political, philosophical, and even literary engagements with our modern context.  That word, “discontent,” diagnoses our present situation … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Modernity

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Catching the Train on Randolph Street — A Thought on Saul Bellow, Literature, and Eros

by Chris Berger According to his close friend Allan Bloom, novelist Saul Bellow had a saying: even if you plan on making the trip to eternity, you still have to catch the train on Randolph Street (at least if you’re setting out from Chicago).  To my knowledge he never penned this aphorism in any of his published works, but nevertheless it is reflective of a theme … Continue reading Catching the Train on Randolph Street — A Thought on Saul Bellow, Literature, and Eros

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Our Canada: Reflections on Half-White Canadianism | By Bria Said

Today in Canada, a lot of people (read: white people) are gaining interest in race, politics, privilege, and intersectionality. A large part of this privilege-checking process is recognizing either a white identity’s inherent complicity and vowing to recognize that as an ally, or in dismantling one’s complex oppressions and finding possible arenas for resistance. A binary between white and non-white occurs because our power structures … Continue reading Our Canada: Reflections on Half-White Canadianism | By Bria Said

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Our Canada: My Culture is Not a Commodity | By Sanaa Humayun

Our Canada is a series focusing on the stories of people of colour and their experiences living in Canada. By sharing these points of view, The Wanderer hopes to shed light on the microaggressions faced by people of colour and celebrate Canada’s diversity.  I grew up as a first generation Canadian, and I’ve always identified as Canadian more than anything else. Nonetheless, I know that parts of who I am are … Continue reading Our Canada: My Culture is Not a Commodity | By Sanaa Humayun

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Welcome to Insight at The Wanderer | By Sanaa Humayun

Welcome, dear reader, to Insight at The Wanderer. I’d like to think of Insight as the Hufflepuff of Wanderer sections. We’re just a little bit of everything. This is the place for all the stuff that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else. Insight is perfect for personal narratives, stories, fiction and non-fiction of all kinds. This is what makes me so excited to be a writer and … Continue reading Welcome to Insight at The Wanderer | By Sanaa Humayun