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Squishy

It’s not necessarily the contents of your resume that determine how your life will pan out. Something as simple as forgetting to put on your jockstrap one day could change it all forever.For Terry Johnson, an unspectacular guy from the small town of Peru, Illinois, life was full of promise. A born athlete with the […]

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35 Up

In the spring of 1973, a fresh-faced graduate looking only for steady work-not a steady income, let alone a career-stumbled onto an art gallery in Montreal’s Plateau district. “When I turned up,” says Simon Dardick, co-owner and publisher of Véhicule Press with his wife Nancy Marrelli, “I was looking for work. I had experience publishing […]

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Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach

A friend recently expressed concern that his parents were spending too much time watching TV rather than getting out and experiencing life firsthand. Asked if traveling might be of interest, they answered that they preferred documentaries, which let them explore foreign places in the safety of their own living room. The story comes to mind […]

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What if red ran out

There is a high-minded passion to Katia Grubisic’s debut poetry collection, What if red ran out, which, despite the latter’s contemporary ethos, brings to mind the Greeks. Painstakingly crafted, these poems take the reader to the streets of New York, to isolated canyons and rivers, to a village in Croatia, to nameless bodegas, all without […]

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The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap

Over the counter of a chic yet affordable Westmount café, men are making and drinking coffee and discussing the highly anticipated Canadian release of a coveted all-in-one mobile device. Outgoing and alert, Pinker quizzes them for more details as she places her order. While the milk is being steamed for lattes, she confides she’d hoped […]

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Love, Ms. Julie

A few years ago, Ian Ferrier of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Simon Dardick of the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec, and writer Peter McFarlane went to Ottawa to propose a project to the Department of Canadian Heritage. It seemed to the trio that when the media in the rest of Canada wanted some Quebec […]