How the CCF transformed into the NDP

Tommy Douglas delivers a speech on the stump in Saskatchewan

In a CBC Radio News Special broadcast on January 1, 1961, Canadians heard Tommy Douglas tell the story of Mouseland. In this humourous political allegory, he describes a troubled village of mice ruled by cats. Every four years the mice get together to…

(and you and me, for watching it)

Scrolling through the “TLC Casting” website is uncomfortable. It would make you feel uncomfortable even if it were a casting call for fictitious roles, but it isn’t. They’re looking for real people to cast for their really popular Reality TV programs. It’s not your run-of-the-mill casting call; TLC is looking…

And why some fans aren’t happy about it

Howard Stern wants you to know that he’s changed. Adopting the cringeworthy parlance of our times, Howard himself says he has “evolved.” That’s the kind of language politicians use when they’ve flip-flopped on a contentious issue after social mores have shifted. …

Or: The Enviable Isolation of Robinson Crusoe

In Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the titular protagonist spends over two decades isolated on a small island. He names it “The Island of Despair.” By his own account, he considered this solitary period of his unfortunate life the “most miserable of all conditions in the world.” Well, this is how…

A Response to Harold Bloom, 18 Years Later

Harold Bloom, presumably upset about the popularity of Harry Potter

Harold Bloom is a famous English professor and literary critic. Although I haven’t read any of his books in full, I have become familiar with some of his views on literature after reading several of his essays and watching a number of his interviews on YouTube. …

Some thoughts on the prospect of a Chinese-led cyberfuture

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If you’ve lived in China, as I have for three years, then you know much of the Internet is blocked off by the “Great Firewall.” All foreigners as well as a tiny minority of Chinese internet users employ a VPN or “Virtual Private Network” to circumvent the wall, but the…

All the Bard’s plays, ranked by genre

Shakespeare, the Literary GOAT

On a trip to London last summer, I stopped by the Globe Theatre for a tour. Exiting through the gift shop, I spotted a beautiful bonded leather hardcopy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. I can’t say why, but it beckoned me. I enjoyed reading Shakespeare in school and…

C.C. Webster

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