Bun-fight

Bun-fight

Olde Timey Bookes full of Olde Timey Wordes comprised my area of study in grad school; this was only proper as so many of those words were/are thoroughly delightful. If you haven’t read The Tempest recently, maybe you’ve forgotten that in Renaissance England, mushrooms were often called mushrumps and pie shells were known as coffins. … Continue reading

Corporate buzzwords: a white paper

Corporate buzzwords: a white paper

In first-year university, I took the intro Psychology survey. There were many good things about this course: each section was taught by a specialist in his or her field, so we got real good nibbles of Psychology’s various branches of study; one of the professors was the stunt double for The Man They Call(ed) Reveen; … Continue reading

The definition of pizza

The definition of pizza

This is another slightly revised piece from my halcyon days writing for Food Riot. “The definition of pizza” turned out to be one of my most popular posts there, proving yet again that the internet really digs it when one person tells another person to shut their piehole. ————————————————————————— A friend and I once had … Continue reading

This is my brain on Boris Pasternak

This is my brain on Boris Pasternak

I just finished reading Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. Reading it has been the tonic I’d been seeking after that desperate run of post-Mantel mediocrity; I freely admit to having planted many platonic, entirely non-pervy smoochies on the book’s cover and pages as I read. Doctor Zhivago is political and historical; it is exuberant in execution … Continue reading

Real darkness

Real darkness

Last week, I got up early to go for a bicycle ride before heading into work. I tricked myself out in the appropriate number of insulating layers; it’s cold enough now that the wind chill provided by nature combined with the one I create myself can quickly become discouraging. I am generally quite sensible (about … Continue reading

The problem with strategic voting

The problem with strategic voting

Two weeks from today, Toronto will elect a new mayor. The leading candidates appear to be, in alphabetical order, Olivia Chow, Doug Ford, and John Tory. Ari Goldkind appears to be coming in at a distant fourth. I’m using the word “appear” intentionally here. We’re inundated with polls daily; sometimes polls proclaiming quite different results … Continue reading