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Best writer; Permanent Triumvirate; May His Name Never Die
One way in which fiction writing is unique as an art is the degree to which idea can exist with form, thought with feeling. In this, Jack London was a master, his stories incredibly balanced between emotional whallop, visceral thrill and intellectual challenge.
It is well possible you’ve never heard of Jack London. There are a lot of tragedies in the world, for sure, but surely one of them is how few people still know who Jack London is. (I know this to be true, I once demanded it of the crowd on a Toronto subway car.)
Jack London is my award winner for Best Writer, Ever.
Some articles I get so into, I talk about them (or rather, what I learned) for months after. The Singularity articles were like that, and so were the two conspiracy theories articles. The one below was for the June 2005 issue of Penthouse. I did a similar one for UMM (Urban Male Magazine).
Secret Masters of the World and Other Great Conspiracies That Explain Everything
Dumped by your girlfriend? Lose your job? It’s probably not your fault.
I used to think I controlled the course of my life. I know better now. It’s the Illuminati, stupid. You haven’t heard of the Illuminati? The secret masters of the world, controlling global events through recorded history using the Freemasons, the Jews, and the Trilateral Commission as pawns? Ring a bell?
Between the ever-expanding Da Vinci Code franchise and blockbuster film National Treasure, conspiracy theories are bubbling up into the national consciousness like never before. Does it spring from a human search for meaning behind chaotic world events? Or, in a secular society, has the culture of conspiracy begun to form a modern mythology? Before you read this article and pull back the veil of lies to see reality as it truly is, please put on your aluminum foil helmet. Because if they read your mind, if they know you know, you could be in danger. Now hold my hand, and into the rabbit hole we go. [Read more…]
Back in October of 2002 I wrote one of my first op-eds for the Toronto Star after a typically embarrassing royal visit by Her Highness. To set the stage: John Manley, then one of Chretien’s star ministers, mused about dumping the monarchy, and poor John was piled on fast for the crime of speaking common sense honestly, and I believe did some back-pedalling. I picked up his baton, picking on the defense-of-monarchy from the Monarchist League of Canada’s website. The League soon took down those arguments.
Now, the version the Toronto Star ran with was not my preferred version. It was the no-monkey argument. So, instead of the published article, I will print here, for the first time ever, my preferred version. The Monkey Argument: [Read more…]
Sorry Pauline, wish you could have reached the grand results of Boisclair! Maybe next time, mix in a Brokeback Mountain skit. People loved that. Whatever happened to Boisclair anyways? Ahh, we’ll be saying that about you soon enough. Anyway, if you’re embarrassed going out, just put on a hijab. You don’t have a government job anyway.
Here is the more dignified former PQ leader as we remember him best:
Watching Free Birds, a cartoon about turkeys with a time machine, with my boy, he asked me what the invisible spaceship/ time machine was made with. He’d never seen an invisible spaceship before!
What could I say? What would you say? I said it was a force field, but in my head, I wondered, is it? Or is it an invisible wall? And for the first time, I questioned, is there a difference? Or has it always been just a word game?
(Now, you may well say a wall is composed of matter, and a force field is energy. But then you should talk to Einstein. Since he’s dead, I’ll say this: what is a wall, but an array of pinpoint masses floating in mostly empty space, holding each other in place, and keeping us out, with an electromagnetic field?)
This article was written about an inspirational Ottawa doctor and the dynamic NGO he had founded, for which I had volunteered in Tanzania. Seven years later, I’m honoured to be working with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) again, which makes it a nice time to reprint this.
Here is a slice of the CACHA story:
The full article is at the link above, an excerpt is below: [Read more…]