Category: Opinion

These are the Books of My Life

As I was lying in bed the other night, I started thinking about books that lived as “firsts” in my mind. The first chapter book I could remember, or the first time I read an “adult” book. This list ended up being more interesting than I expected. Some because it seems so arbitrary which books […]

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Deadpool’s Shaky Feminism

(warming! spoilers ahead. please, I’m serious, don’t read this if you don’t want to be spoiled. k thanks) As I left the theatre with my friends last night, I eagerly turned to them for my favourite part of every movie (especially movies I enjoy): tearing it to shreds. “So! Didn’t you think the feminism was […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Submission Process

I was in an English class once and someone quoted an author who said something to the effect of: writing is a painful ordeal that one only undertakes if driven by demons. And I just thought… Honey, you’re doing it wrong. I love writing. When I go for too long without writing, I get grumpy […]

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Remembering Stanley Handman

During World War II, my grandfather was one of thousands of Quebec men who enlisted to fight overseas, a position that was especially important to him as a proud Jewish man. His first assignment was with the Victoria Rifles, but he transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment so that he could ship overseas. Officially, he […]

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Challenging My Defaults

Remember all the controversy that sprung up when Hunger Games movie audiences realised that Rue (who is described in the book as black) turned out to be – you know, black? A lot of people had defaulted to ‘white’ in their imaginations, and they were surprised when the movie contradicted that. Not all defaults are […]

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Great News! Not Only Artists Work For Free!

I’m sure we’ve all seen the recent spate of articles about how artists are consistently approached to work for free because “it’s great exposure,” or “it’s not really work if you love it.” This trend is understandably rage-inducing, and artists are working hard to convince the general public that, in fact, their work is deserving […]

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Sisyphus and The Writing Career

I’ve read a lot of disparaging articles about the usefulness (and lack thereof) of creative writing degrees, but none of those pontifications talk about what happens outside of lesson plans and endless workshops. You often hear how solitary a profession creative writing is, and the chance to learn something from your peers is incalculably valuable. […]

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50 Shades of Grey – Live Response

A friend of mine did a live tweet of 50 Shades of Grey back in the day, and it was hilarious. I decided to watch the movie while Facebook chatting with some friends, and they suggested the results were worthy of public consumption. So here, for your reading pleasure, is my real-time reaction to watching […]

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Why is Hollywood in Love with Torture?

I don’t get it. Isn’t the media supposed to have a liberal bias? You hear that all the time: mostly from right-wing media personalities who are feeling slighted that their archaic belief structures are no longer accepted as the norm, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day (unless it’s digital, then it’s […]

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The Amazing Invisible Woman!

Imagine what the world would look like if demographics were the same in reality as their representations are on TV. How many black lawyers would there be if we hired based on the demographics of Law and Order? How many Asians would live in Toronto if our immigration laws followed the casting decisions of Rookie Blue? […]

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