Category Archives: Culture

Worth the nod?

The Golden Globes will start later this evening, and the balloting phase for the Academy Awards has been over for two days.  That gives me a limited window to speculate on who I think will at least get Oscar nods … Continue reading

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Why do bridges in Star Wars never have railings?

THE FOLLOWING THINK-PIECE IS FULL OF SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  YOU REALLY SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SEE IT BY NOW.  READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL.  OR, BETTER YET, JUST TRY WALKING ACROSS A BRIDGE TOWARDS A MAN … Continue reading

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Spine-tinglers: A Truly Creepy Childhood Hallowe’en

It’s October 31st and beautifully sunny.  That means I can actually write this brief post without looking over my shoulder half a dozen times or panicking as soon as I hear an unfamiliar creek in the apartment. Hallowe’en as an … Continue reading

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“There’s No Getting Away From It If You’re Irish”: Gender, The Irish Diaspora, and Gone With The Wind

It might be the most famous rejection in literary history. Aware too late that she has made a horrible mistake for the past dozen years, Scarlett O’Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler runs through the mist to tell Rhett that she loves … Continue reading

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The “Cultural Compatibility” of “Old-Stock Canadians”

Two men walk into a bar. Both are cynical, though one is certainly more flamboyant than the other. They order single malt whisky and begin to break down the problems of the world; in particular, they discuss the merits (or … Continue reading

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As Good As It Gets… for academics

One of my favourite historians is S. E. Duff, who writes about South Africa, empire, food, feminism, and a plethora of other things.  Recently, she discussed her superstitions when it came to the writing process. The following quickly caught my … Continue reading

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#darcyforthewin

Mr Darcy is 200 years old today.  That’s a lot of candles on the cake.  If Bridget Jones is capable of drinking something real tonight, I’m sure she’d pick something celebratory… maybe a Moet or a Veuve Clicquot.  Or a … Continue reading

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