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Twenty Songs For Shopping Days

In honour of last week’s Black Friday tramplings and stabbings and general madness, a soundtrack to help get you through the holiday shopping crowds.

Doctor Who Could Teach Us That History is Bigger from the Inside

If only the ever-regenerating time-traveller were around to give us some perspective on current events—from the new nuclear agreement with Iran to our failures to grapple with climate change. (Also: Rob Ford is possibly a ravenous space worm.)

||The arrest of Gavrilo Princip after the killing of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Sympathy for the Devil: Remembering the Age of Assassination

Fifty years after the killing of John F. Kennedy mass terrorism has largely replaced targeted murder as both the defining political act and cultural preoccupation of our times. A look back, from Dallas to Sarajevo, at what the assassin has meant…

||Image from The Great McGinty
In Search of Rob Ford’s Fictional Forefathers

It’s easy to compare Rob Ford—and his many scandals—to Springfield’s Joe Quimby. He may, however, have even more in common with Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Mayor Wilkins, The Great McGinty, the Mayor of Casterbridge, or a 40-year-old Randy…

Getting Spied On With a Little Help From Our Friends

A new column viewing current events through culture: This week, Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Tim Hecker’s music listen in on the U.S-Germany and Canada-Brazil snooping scandals.