Dispatch

Dying or Winning in Nepal

In the face of violent opposition, an ethnic minority fights for equality. But has the government found a way to profit from their protest?

The Gift of the Border

Borders don’t really exist. They’re imaginary spaces, semi-porous membranes whose only power is collectively imbued by the citizens and governments they separate. They can also be opportunities.

The Gun As A Karmic Boomerang

Traveling the countryside of the world’s second-poorest nation: another in a series of dispatches from the Central African Republic.

Maybe You’re the Villain in Your Story

Notes on an evening with Dan Harmon, and the myriad ways in which you can enchant and disappoint the ones you love (or, at least, who love you).

What Comes Out of the Ground Must Be Filled In

Visiting with rival agonistes in the struggle over the Central African Republic. The third in a series of dispatches.

Pop Montreal 2014 Postmortem: Jouissance Risks Fracture

Vaguely feverish notes on a few days of Ronnie Spector, Fagen-esque forgettable lyrics, the reunited Unicorns, and pastries unclassifiable in French or any other tongue.

Polaris Prize 2014 Postmortem: Praying For Disintegration

Notes on an evening of charming Canadian earnestness punctuated by at least one moment of indisputable triumph.

The Global Matriarchy of 2047 Will Need an Anthem: Beyoncé and Jay Z, Live in Toronto

Before the Toronto date of their outlaw-themed On the Run tour, I fantasized about Beyoncé tying Jay Z to a chair, only removing his gag when she needed a guest verse for “Upgrade U” or “Crazy in Love.” Such havoc only went down last night during...

Dance Beside the Spinning Prism: A TCAF 2014 Running Diary

In its 11th year, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival sprawls over a week of readings, panels, interviews, workshops, art exhibits, awards, tangential academic presentations, cartoonist-introduced film screenings, hotel suite parties, and 300+...

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Sheila Heti and Jian Ghomeshi: Memoir in the Selfie Age

The OED word of the year, PEN president Philip Slatton tells us by way of introducing the event, is “selfie.” He adds that the night’s proceedings—a conversation about memoir and literature of...