Dear Jian: You Always Had Moxy

Dear Jian: You Always Had Moxy

Why did you do it, Jian? Why conflate your own sex life with the CBC’s decision to fire you? In your FB post, not only do you play the victim of prudish and ultimately discriminatory labour practices, you go further and suggest you’re the target of a baseless smear campaign. You sound like a drowning man desperately trying to save his career, and ultimately, his life. It’s all...

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U2’s Vandal Charity

U2’s Vandal Charity

The way U2 dropped Songs of Innocence last week was emblematic of the type of vandal-charity that Bono has excelled at over the past few decades. Don’t ask those directly affected how best to help, just assume they’ll appreciate free stuff, and let ’em have it. The road to hell is paved with Bono-like intentions. Just ask an Iraqi. Of course, the urge to do good isn’t...

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Monbiot’s Sick Moonbats

Monbiot’s Sick Moonbats

Not long ago an article kept reappearing on my feeds, retweeted or shared by people who were obviously impressed with its sentiments. It’s a piece by The Guardian’s George Monbiot, “Sick of This Market-Driven World? You Should Be.” Here’s a slice: Today the dominant narrative is that of market fundamentalism, widely known in Europe as neoliberalism. The story it...

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The Girls Of Ipanema

The Girls Of Ipanema

We’ve been spending a lot of time in Ipanema, watching the world become, as Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes once said, more beautiful “because of love.” Their collaboration, “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”) introduced the world to bossa nova and was the embodiment of saudade, the Portuguese term meaning something like yearning, or a deep...

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Inside Llewyn Davis: Never New, Never Old

Inside Llewyn Davis: Never New, Never Old

There’s that photo. You know, the iconic one where the young, cherub-faced scruff is cuddling up against a beaming girl, a you-and-me-against-the-world pose to keep off the chill of the cruel world slushing around their footsteps as they make their way through New York’s Greenwich Village… The poster for the Coen Brother’s latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, sums up the great...

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2013: Tunes That Schmeck’d

2013: Tunes That Schmeck’d

2013 was the year the monoculture came roaring back to prevail. After years of splintering returns, the Internets clustered around hyper-events like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” and Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” Everyone was dancing to the same tunes, even if they weren’t. Indeed, it’s never too difficult to...

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Lou Reed: Forevermore

Lou Reed: Forevermore

Today was the first snowfall of the season. When I awoke, a blue-tailed magpie – our prairie variant of a crow or raven – was perched on the balcony railing. Nevermore. A cold delivery. From now on, we’ll be living with a chill until the next season bumps this one off. “I do believe, you are what you perceive What comes is better than what came before” That’s...

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