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Thursday, July 27




  John MacLachlan Gray
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Thursday, September 25, 2008 – Page A16
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Vancouver -- Stephen Harper's take on arts and culture puts me in mind of an old joke: A conservative is someone who doesn't think anything should happen for the first time.  FULL STORY arrow
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Unlocking the Victorian within space
JOHN MacLACHLAN GRAY's new thriller, The Fiend in Human, is a tale of murder, sex and sensationalism. It's set in 1850s London, but in many ways, the author reflects, we haven't changed at all
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Monday, March 17, 2003 – Page R3
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VANCOUVER -- It's a sociological cliche that the new immigrant seeks to preserve the culture of the country he or she came from, for the existential benefit of the children and grandchildren.  FULL STORY arrow
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A fugue on the theme of big cars and Big Gulp space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, January 21, 2003 – Page R1
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-- Growth: 1) Gradual development toward maturity. 2) Increase in size, weight, power, etc. 3) A tumour or other abnormal mass of tissue. Webster'sAmid the current war fever, any liberal American columnist whose function is to Sense the Pulse of America and who needs steady employment (meaning, neither Lewis Lapham nor Ariana Huffington), will have to perform some fancy metaphorical footwork for the time being.  FULL STORY arrow
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So What? Miles Davis is dead space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 – Page R3
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-- Every weekend I do the Books sections in The Globe and Mail and The New York Times, mentally sorting their contents into three categories: 1) books I want to read and intend to; 2) books I think I should read but know that I never shall; and 3) books I would not read any more than I would drive a nail into my forehead.  FULL STORY arrow
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If Tony the Tiger pumped out health care space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, January 7, 2003 – Page R1
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-- To provide Canadians with a peek at what our health-care system might look like were we blessed by the magic wand of the free marketplace (poof!), our friends at the Fraser Institute like to cite the North American food industry -- a model of quality, economy and variety, even if the genes have been fiddled with. (Unless you're a farmer, but farmers are always belly-aching.)  FULL STORY arrow
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Should making sense be forgot and never brought to mind? space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, December 31, 2002 – Page R2
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-- A thing well said will be wit in all languages. -- John Dryden My New Year's longing for 2003 is to hear a member of the Canadian political class say something authentic. Something exact. Something interesting. To my ear, this hasn't happened in a decade.  FULL STORY arrow
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Amid talk of war, an unruly innocence space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, December 24, 2002 – Page R2
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-- Why is the news always bad? Because the good news is the ads. Marshall McLuhan F or a media hack like myself, feeding upon other media in a process of filial cannibalism similar to certain species of freshwater fish, one's view of the world can become jaundiced to the point where one imagines the human being as a species of rat (metaphorically -- I mean no disrespect to that fine rodent). Wire services provide a limitless supply of human iniquity and cruelty, and whether the atrocity occurs in one's own city or halfway around the world matters nothing once it has penetrated the locality of one's own brain.  FULL STORY arrow
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Welcoming all faiths to join in our retail frenzy space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Humbug: Something made or done to cheat or deceive. Webster's Crawling into my local coffee outlet, three times I heard the server initiate the 10-second interaction required while money and liquid are exchanged, with the enquiry: ''Are you ready for Christmas?''  FULL STORY arrow
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From Orwell to Kafka in one easy step space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, December 10, 2002 – Page R1
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-- The illegal we can do right now; the unconstitutional will take a little longer. Henry Kissinger In a previous incarnation, I wrote and performed political satire on TV and radio, but not any more. There's no point; either current events satirize themselves, or the definitive satires have already been done.  FULL STORY arrow
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Let the Games begin -- and the doublespeak, too space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, December 3, 2002 – Page R1
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-- Way out here on the West Coast, where the news media and the political leadership, like the cast of The Full Monty, change their tune with their shorts and in unison, I suppose it's too much to ask for a shred of consistency when a proposal comes up stinking of money. I refer of course to Vancouver's bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the trashing of our new mayor's proposal for a referendum on the prospect.  FULL STORY arrow
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The new class system at Canadian high schools space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, November 26, 2002 – Page R3
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-- In my current incarnation as a columnist with The Globe, the three pieces to elicit the most passionate reader response have been: 1) a pipe smoker questioning the amount of public deference we accord religious belief; 2) a cultural gripe suggesting that Yesterday isn't really a very good song; and 3) the piece which appeared last week concerning proposed changes in British Columbia schools.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, November 19, 2002 – Page R1
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-- I see that British Columbia's Minister of Education has proposed changes to high-school graduation requirements, in order to Better Prepare Students for the Future.Heaven knows we want our children to enter the future in a prepared state. To Move Forward. To Meet the Challenges of a Competitive World.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 – Page R1
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-- According to CRTC Chairman Charles Dalfen, Canadian-made TV drama is ''on the verge of extinction,'' the population of English-language TV series having plunged from 12 to five. I sense, however, that Canadians do not feel the same anguish over the disappearance of Side Effects and Street Legal as they do over the Burrowing Owl and the Piping Plover.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 – Page R3
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-- In Joe Orton's play The Erpingham Camp, a churchman recalls the miracle of the Gadarene swine, in which Jesus exorcised a madman by transferring his demons into a herd of farm animals, who ran down a cliff and drowned in the sea.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, October 29, 2002 – Page R3
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-- That Saddam Hussein is one stylish dresser, with the Italian suits and the porkpie hat. Who do you suppose is his tailor?Is it somebody famous, like Armani or Zegna? Is it possible that Saddam and someone like, say, John Gotti, had the same tailor at one time? Who is Saddam's hair stylist? (A bit heavy on the Grecian Formula, to balance the eyebrows and mustache.) Is anyone reporting on these things?  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, October 22, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Having toiled in the fiction-writing trade for about seven years now, I find myself from time to time perusing the bestseller lists. Of course, these coarse statistics have no bearing upon my devotion to the art, nor do I envy more successful (luckier) colleagues. No way. Really.  FULL STORY arrow
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When culture becomes heritage space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, October 15, 2002 – Page R1
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-- One basic quality unites all the works of mankind that speak to us in human voices: the simple quality of being well-made. Bill Reid W e all experience moments of epiphany on certain topics, and on the subject of multiculturalism, I keep returning to the time a Korean mathematician voiced in my presence the following complaint:  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Now I shall go far and far into the North, playing the Great Game . . . Rudyard Kipling, Kim, 1901 One beef (of many) that I have with arts critics has to do with the way they take a binary good-bad approach to an analogue activity, squandering public attention on what is really the least interesting thing about it. I suppose it's all part of the consumer culture we live in, but when you consider the tiny percentage of readers or viewers who will actually read a novel or see a play, it seems a pointless activity -- especially when a reviewer recommends or disparages a concert after the artist has already left town!  FULL STORY arrow
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Media that obediently speak the language of war space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, October 1, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Reading President George Bush's case for a ''pre-emptive strike'' against Iraq, I am reminded of a Polish joke (by Poles, not about them), from the hard-line regime of General Wojciech Jaruzelski, following the Soviet-led invasion of 1968:  FULL STORY arrow
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Laurier, not Trudeau, defined Canada space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, September 24, 2002 – Page R3
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-- We may not assimilate, we may not blend, but for all that we are the component parts of the same country. We may be French in our origin -- and I do not deny my origin, I admit that, I pride myself on it. We may be English, or Scotch or whatever it may be, but we are Canadians: one in aim and purpose. . . . Wilfrid Laurier  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, September 17, 2002 – Page R1
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-- The tendency of our chattering and scribbling classes to mask a taste for social engineering with a coating of faux-populist claptrap continues apace (Tom Long for PM!), as a chorus of editorialists, politicos and pseudo-populist loudmouths censure the Prime Minister for a ''disgraceful'' TV clip in which Mr. Chretien suggested a connection between Third World poverty and Third World support for terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, September 10, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Deputy Prime Minister John Manley, the middle-aged marathoner who has been photographed running until his nipples bled, wants Canadians to grow up.In this case, in ''growing up'' he urges Canada to progress beyond the mindset of a middle power with an independent foreign and defence policy, and learn to behave as an equal partner with the United States, promptly and proudly doing exactly what the superpower wants us to -- not because they want us to, no, no, but because it's the right thing to do.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, September 3, 2002 – Page R1
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-- Seldom have we heard a weaker, more unsophisticated social initiative than that of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, an offshoot of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association, arguing in favour of ''compensation'' for drug addicts, buskers, prostitutes and other fixtures of the Hastings-Main hellhole, for discomfort and dislocation resulting from film shoots in the area. It was as if their spokespeople had just come across the lingo of negotiation -- that ''legitimate issues'' should be put ''on the table,'' ''for discussion.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Seldom has the function of the media as a conduit for propaganda become so evident as with the footage, obtained by CNN and reproduced by virtually every newspaper in North America, of a dog put to death in an Iraqi experiment involving poison gas.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, August 20, 2002 – Page R1
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-- I've been asked to speak to a conference of theatre technicians, which feels a bit strange. As a writer and performer with maybe 10 years of touring on the old resume, the one thing I know about technicians is that I'm utterly at their mercy. So it's a bit like a patient who has been on life-support speaking to the Canadian Federation of Nurses.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, August 13, 2002 – Page R1
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-- Thumbing through the National Post, I came across a reprint of a Boston Globe article on jazz. (Odd, borrowing from a newspaper the Aspers don't own -- don't they control enough writers? Oh, never mind.)  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 – Page R3
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-- For a photo-grabber, you certainly couldn't beat the front page of The Globe and Mail July 27, in which a young man, wearing nothing but a crown of thorns and a pair of modified white jockey shorts, is depicted hanging from a cross, seemingly nailed there with what look to be railroad spikes, cleverly attached to Nylon wristbands so that they appear to pierce the wrists, blood seeping realistically from the wounds.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, July 30, 2002 – Page R1
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-- For a writer of plays and musicals, aside from one's quarterly ordeal as an amateur collector of the goods and services tax, few bureaucratic chores are as inherently depressing as the phenomenon known as a ''request for perusal material.''  FULL STORY arrow
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A Vancouver newspaper strike? Who knew? space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Cruising the lobby of Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre on opening night of The Rocky Horror Show amid an eclectic crowd of bright young professionals, Casual Friday drag queens, pre-AIDS nostalgia buffs, neo-Bohemians and Social Credit voters with fond memories of My Fair Lady, we encountered artistic director-for-life Bill Millerd, who had this to say about the city's three-week newspaper strike: Weird, but it's as if nobody noticed.  FULL STORY arrow
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A reluctant poet shoots for par space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 – Page R1
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-- We entrepreneurs who manipulate the levers and switches of the mighty Cancult industry, when not self-dealing and insider-trading and cashing in our stock options with psychic acuity, jump like trout at the opportunity to salve our pangs of miscellaneous guilt by contributing to a good cause.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Wallin gets to eat fiddleheads in the Big Apple space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, July 9, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Nothing brings out our Prime Minister's puckish sense of humour like the opportunity to fill a diplomatic or ceremonial post -- or, in the case of Conrad Black, not to.  FULL STORY arrow
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The last of the gentleman lawyers space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, July 2, 2002 – Page R1
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-- If I tell you my lawyer died and I'm in mourning, you'll think it's an opener for a lawyer joke.Say the word ''lawyer'' (one vowel shy of ''liar'') and the imagination conjures up a licensed psychopath whose purpose is not justice but its avoidance, meanwhile fleecing the hapless client down to his shorts.  FULL STORY arrow
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A cure for the arts: Canadian Tire money space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 – Page R1
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-- When I contemplate the Canada Council, our cultural medicare, pumping oxygen into the collapsed lung of Canadian Content, the patient who has hovered at death's door for so long, administering to it has become a profession in itself . . .  FULL STORY arrow
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Forget Ottawa, try the conflicted world of writers space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, June 18, 2002 – Page R1
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-- For all the hours I've spent reading about the current flap over conflict of interest in Ottawa, I'm still not sure I get it.To begin with, who in the world, faced with a decision involving another person (or animal), does not experience an element of conflict of interest? Who among us does not choose, every day, between what is our personal preference and what is the right thing to do?  FULL STORY arrow
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A parent's fancy turns to thoughts of sex ed space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, June 11, 2002 – Page R1
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-- ''In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,'' wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson, but I doubt that the young man he had in mind was six years old.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, June 4, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Listen all you fools out there Go on and love me -- I don't care Oh, it's lonely at the top. Randy Newman I see U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill just completed a tour of Africa, in the company of one Paul David Hewson. O'Neill and Hewson met with officials in Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa, where they discussed famine, water, AIDS and debt relief. (Weighty matters for certain: As two of the richest societies in the history of the universe, the United States and Canada carry a disproportionate moral responsibility to do what we can.)  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 – Page R1
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-- Having, after six drafts (plus innumerable trimmings and additions), obtained acceptance by various editors and editrices, the novel and its author have parted company: Farewell to the 30 or so characters who have occupied his mind -- the spare room, the basement, the living-room couch -- for something over three years.  FULL STORY arrow
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A book-burning, middle-aged creep responds space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, May 21, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Here comes Gray again -- censor, book-burner, patronizing middle-aged creep who would deprive young Nova Scotian minds of the universal truths in To Kill a Mockingbird;who would impose a superficial, trendy standard of ''relevance'' on a classic that has something meaningful to say to every man, woman and child on Earth; who would shortchange the conscientious teacher's capacity to establish context and to foster meaningful discussion on a general topic; who would impose a narrow cultural provincialism on inquiring minds and rob them of the Great Works.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 – Page R1
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-- If you suppose that the controversy in Nova Scotia over To Kill a Mockingbird is all about censorship and book-banning and political correctness, you're probably located well away from Nova Scotia and the reality of the pedagogical situation there, and you're probably white. Remarkable, isn't it, how many people can pontificate on the value of literature and ''free speech,'' without a thought about the specific situation in which it occurs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Summoning the same old spirits to the CBC séance space
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, May 7, 2002 – Page R1
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-- Accessible. Nimble. Agile. Contemporary: That's how CBC management describes the upcoming, revamped Radio One; and as I read those four adjectives, a deep weariness descends.God help them, someone has been to a visioning seance.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Tuesday, April 30, 2002 – Page R1
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-- I see the Pope is chagrined over pedophilia among the priesthood and has declared that there is ''no room in the church'' for it. This will come as welcome news to victims of Mount Cashel in Newfoundland, as well as to First Nations alumni; not to mention consumers of Canadian media, after years of news photos featuring elderly clerics tottering to the clink after a lifetime of debauchery, at the one stage in their adult lives when they no longer pose a threat to the public.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 – Page R3
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Saturday, April 20, 2002 – Page R3
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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 – Page R1
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-- One good thing about the B.C. referendum on treaty negotiations is that it should put to rest, for the time being, the populist folly known as ''direct democracy,'' in which the issues of the day are not delegated at the polls, but decided by a poll; in which laws are made, not by a responsible government, but by people with time on their hands and a bee in their bonnet.  FULL STORY arrow
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Another dose of Math Guilt: Bring it on space
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 – Page R1
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-- When the genome project has us mapped out like electrical-circuit diagrams; when we know which glow-winkies on the chart indicate complexion and libido and snack preference and so on; when we stop chewing on ethical non sequiturs and swallow the fact that the issue is out of control . . . I wonder, what then?  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 – Page R1
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-- As far as I can tell, the current uproar over the John Robin Sharpe acquittal on pornographic writing hinges on three interconnected complaints:The first and most primitive of these centres on what we might call the yuck factor -- the commonly held belief that punishment for a crime should be measured by the degree to which it causes the Average Canadian to go ''Yuck.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 – Page R3
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-- I always get suspicious when newspaper columnists huff and puff over plagiarism.Talk about glass houses: Here we have a popular medium comprised mostly of received phrases, strung together like ransom notes into strips of information -- and we take a stand on originality? ''Wake up and smell the coffee.'' (Note: borrowed expression, author unknown.)  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 – Page R1
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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Suffering through the unusually hideous world events of the past couple of weeks, appalled by the role of religious belief in events as overwhelming as the atrocities in the Middle East and India, and as underwhelming as the Alliance Party leadership contest, I find myself becoming less sanguine about the place of religion itself in public life.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Things are pretty much back to normal here in British Columbia: Someone firebombed the Premier's constituency office in Vancouver, while other outposts of the governing party have had to lock their doors because of death threats.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, February 27, 2002 – Page R3
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-- I have always been leery of C. G. Jung, who strikes me as a psychological version of Reveen the Impossiblist. However, sometimes it's striking how synchronicity -- a kind of purposeful coincidence -- can play a role in the quest for meaning.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 – Page R1
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-- The verb ''to act'' is one of those paradoxical English terms, meaning both ''to perform an action'' and ''to pretend to perform an action'' -- to do something and not do it at the same time. Which, when you think about it, perfectly describes an activity in which the performer walks a line somewhere between utter reality and utter sham. Too much sham and you get phoney baloney; too much reality and you get an uncontrolled, self-indulgent embarrassment.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 – Page R4
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-- As I watch our men and women of the armed forces waiting to hitch a ride to Afghanistan, there to take orders from a superior power that makes up the rules as it goes along, outfitted in arboreal camouflage for duty in what appears to be an arid, mountainous terrain, and with what appear to be Rastafarian hairpieces attached to their helmets, I wonder why it is that some enterprising conservative think tank, the Fraser Institute perhaps, has not come up with a plan for privatizing and outsourcing our national defence capability, in partnership with the private sector.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 – Page R3
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-- A man's a man for a' that. Robert Burns Looking back at Canada in the early 21st century, a lively topic for future historians will be the population's stubborn adherence to the concept of a publicly funded, equally accessible medical system, despite the hectoring of politicians and the media, despite Canada's semi-colonial status vis-a-vis the United States, despite the prevailing ideological current sweeping the globe.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, January 30, 2002 – Page R3
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-- Never have I thought that I was the happy possessor of a ''talent''; my sole concern has been to save myself by work and faith. Jean-Paul Sartre Someone once said that ''a conservative is someone who thinks nothing should happen for the first time.'' A cruel generalization and an outmoded one, equally applicable to today's Liberals and NDP -- and especially to radio broadcasting. This once-lively communications medium has become so debased that, other than the pitchman and the phone-in gripemeister, there is really no place on radio for broadcasters at all.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 – Page R1
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-- Now my friends the moral of this show is Excrescence calls for proper diagnosis Spoken not in academic words But common speech that calls a turd a turd. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Reading Kate Taylor's interesting piece on the Manitoba Theatre Centre's Brechtfest and its struggles with the so-called ''alienation effect'' took me back to a time long ago when, as a theatre tourist in East Berlin, I took in a production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Berliner Ensemble, and in the process received a lesson in audience relations.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, January 16, 2002 – Page R3
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-- I recently returned from Thailand only to read of Stockwell Day blaming his political misfortunes on ''elites.'' (Who in Canada merits that description if not the leader of the official opposition?) Having suffered a mild depression as a result, if you don't mind I think I'll talk about Thailand a while longer.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, January 9, 2002 – Page R1
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BANGKOK -- So far, the trip to Thailand has influenced the New Year's resolutions of this Canadian in interesting ways -- mostly having to do with our obscene carping over taxes, health care, competitiveness and the rest of it.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 – Page R1
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-- It being the season for massive generalizations about the state of world, let me try your patience with my current theory of character and incident, otherwise known as Art and Life.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHN MACLACHLAN GRAY
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 – Page R3
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-- For a taste of what it must have felt like to be a labourer in the Dirty Thirties -- nose pressed against the factory gate waiting for the day's hiring call, ready to tug your forelock for anyone in a suit -- try to make a living as a Canadian actor.  FULL STORY arrow
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