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Jack Kerouac by photographer Tom Palumbo, circa 1956
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Kerouac’s On the Road: Revisiting a Beatnik classic

I first read On the Road by Jack Kerouac when I was 15, on vacation with my parents at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

Miranda Campbell says we need to gawk less and appreciate what hipsters are actually doing. Photo courtesy of Miranda Campbell
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Hipsters don’t deserve our derision: Montreal author

By Alice Reiter Hipsters can be recognized by many from a mile away. Their skinny jeans, flannel shirts and full beards make spotting them easy, but also make them the target of ridicule in pop culture. Miranda Campbell, a hipster analyst and member of Dawson’s English department, was a speaker […]

Book review: Walking Where Jesus Walked
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Book review: Walking Where Jesus Walked

A new book on American Christians and their visits to holy places in Israel is described by reviewer Amos Lassen as “a wonderful example of ethnographic research in the study of religion.” He is referring to Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Hold Land Pilgrimage by Hillary Kaell (New […]

Book review: Surviving Love
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Book review: Surviving Love

By guest columnist Irene Ogrizek. Sheryl Halpern’s collection of 19 short stories, Surviving Love, features characters who misplace their children, play desperate texting games and manage—with varying degrees of social deftness—eccentric cousins, troublesome parents and terrifying trips to the mall. Love does not conquer all in Halpern’s world, unless, she hints, […]

The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long
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The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long

Nina Munk’s Governor-General’s Award-nominated book The Idealist was described by one critic as “an excellent and moving tribute to the vision and commitment of Jeffrey Sachs” and by another as “a powerful exposé of (Sachs’s) hubris run amok.” The Idealist is a journalistic eyewitness account of the director of the […]

Canadian history exposed in deeply personal memoir
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Canadian history exposed in deeply personal memoir

Until recently, many Canadians did not know that for over a hundred years it was government policy to remove aboriginal children from their homes during their most formative years and raise them in often-abusive residential schools. In the wake of a class-action suit sparking the Idle no More movement, an […]

Book review: Intimacy after 50
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Book review: Intimacy after 50

How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50 Suzanne Braun Levine Plume, 260 pp The conversation is lively whenever old friends get together. Topic No. 1: Whatever’s going on in your lives, followed by family, work and travel. You swap feedback, share advice, gossip with impunity, sympathize and […]

Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan
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Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan

Throughout Israel’s embattled history, it has been a badge of honour to serve in the country’s armed forces. For obvious reasons, public expressions of conscientious objections, draft dodging or anti-war sentiments have been virtually non-existent. While objections to the draft remain relatively marginal, there has been a change among Israeli […]

Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Photo courtesy of Quill Driver books
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Book review: Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Your mother scared the daylights out of you last week. She said she was going for a quick walk but when she didn’t return three hours later, you went looking for her. You were frantic, she was confused, you were embarrassed. She has early-stage Alzheimer’s and you’re trying to cope […]

Book review: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliot House
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Book review: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliot House

In upheavals that convulsed the Arab world over the past two years, Saudi Arabia seemed immune. It is the last absolute monarchy in the world, and enormous wealth, profligate spending and political power is in the hands of the Al Saud family. Its princes control every important agency. Slavery was […]