A confession: America frightens me. Not just its violence, though that is part of it. It has more to do with the scale of the place, its vast empty spaces which might swallow a person up, its appearance as one country with one language and one culture. This fear is…

Writing about the homeless wanderers and spiritual seekers of the new urban civilization of Northern India’s the sixth and fifth centuries BC, Pankaj Mishra makes a comparison with the contemporary sophists of Greece. Though the former, the Buddha among them, offer no practical guidance on how to live in the…

Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke

The 1660 battle of Longue-Sault on the Saint Lawrence west of Montreal is one of the most commemorated battles in the history of Montreal, deserving of reliefs at the foot of the statue of de Maisonneuve in Place-D’Armes and a specific commemoration at the north-west corner of Parc Lafontaine. In…

As Montreal and Quebec find themselves entering the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new regulations that come with it, I have been dusting down my old project, A History of Canada by Montreal Metro. By topical coincidence, I found myself looking at the regulations that were put…

Jugend ohne Gott (Dir: Alain Gsponer, 2017)

Thought: In order to care it is necessary to feel pain, first of all your own. For, without feeling and knowing your own pain, what resources do have to you imagine and recognize the pain of others?

This seems logical, even obvious, but do we put it into practice? Are…

The hills of Sutherland, south of Dunrobin Castle (Christmas Day 2010)

In an interview with Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, the model and editor, Naomi Campbell, said “I wouldn’t be a model if it wasn’t for gay men. I wouldn’t even exist.” What did she mean? (1)

Without imputing too much to Campbell, her statement indicates an awareness that we, as…

  1. Belle & Sebastian, “This Is Just A Modern Rock Song”

2. Skepta feat. Idris Elba, “Shutdown”

3. Pink Martini, “Sympathique”

4. Troye Sivan feat Ariana Grande, “Dance to This”

5. Daft Punk, “Revolution 909”

We are now one week since the Quebec government suspended classes in schools and universities, and encouraged people to avoid crowded places such as bars, museums, and cinemas because of the coronavirus. These have since been shuttered. …

Photo credit:Shani Koumulainen

And he’s here in a room, on a bed, on his back across from a poster declaring independence, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and he can only think that this is necessary, was from the moment three hours ago when he applied mascara and lip gloss and the changing…

Alain Delon perfectly bored.

In one of her podcasts, Tara Brach speaks about our reactions to pain. Typically, these are to fixate on the pain to the exclusion of all else, or to distract ourselves from it. Instead, she suggests we acknowledge, accept and explore the pain. I call this being with and going…

Samuel Wood

We do all, in fact, live in a Dostoyevsky novel. Instagram @samuelwood

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