Author Archives: editor

Why we need to stop taking the Handmaid’s Tale and other dystopian novels so literally

I never thought I’d be sick of talking about The Handmaid’s Tale. And 1984. And Brave New World. Yet, here I am. Not because they aren’t amazing works of fiction. But because a sort of intellectual cottage industry has sprung up attempting to figure out just how these imagined dystopias fit into our present idea of reality. It’s as if

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‘We shouldn’t have to go on our hands and knees,’ residential school survivor says of Pope apology

The Pope shouldn’t have to be asked to come to Canada and apologize for the harm inflicted by the residential school system, says one survivor. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Pope Francis Monday and asked for an apology on behalf of residential school survivors. Following the meeting, the Vatican issued a statement saying Pope Francis will consider the request.

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The important lessons: How the Industrial Revolution brought an end to the free market

This week’s non-fiction book of the week is Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It), by Elizabeth Anderson. Lesson #1: Out of sight, out of mind Elizabeth Anderson, a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, asks a simple question: why do we allow employers control over our lives – even our

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Javier Bardem gets his bad on again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

LOS ANGELES — Javier Bardem doesn’t specialize in psycho killers but he resigns himself to a few memorable links to them. He won an Oscar for his maniac assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men and he earned great reviews for the twisted Bond villain Raoul Silva in Skyfall. “I’ve played bad guy roles in very powerful movies,�

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Scientist discovers unexpected proof that century-old practice to cure infertility works — his mother

Ben Mol isn’t exactly sure why a procedure that’s been around since 1917 helps women get pregnant — only that if it didn’t, he likely wouldn’t be here. Mol is the lead investigator of a large new study that found the century-old procedure, an X-ray diagnostic test that involves flushing out a woman’s fallopian tubes, may for many women be just as effective, cheaper

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