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I know this is the Internet, where moral outrage over inconsequential nonsense is the norm, but I’ve encountered two rather strange controversies in our little podunk nation of Canada. The first is a strange little story about a doctor who won’t prescribe birth control in Calgary, and the second is a stranger editorial about those most put-upon and benighted of all: people who hire prostitutes. I normally eschew politics on this blog (for good reason), but I saw a deeper issue with both of these that attracted my attention and felt that, hey, since it’s been forever since I’ve written anything, I should write something even if I’m doing the equivalent of pouring gasoline on myself and dancing near an open flame.

Yay, sexual politics from a straight white man on the Internet! Are you ready for some mansplaining?

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Published May 22nd, 2014 by

I suppose “tropical” is not an adjective usually used with regards to Germany, but what better way to describe 29 °C weather, gentle breezes, and the ever-present scent of beer?…

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Published May 16th, 2014 by

Death is death. It sounds bland and trite when it’s said like that, but why not? If there is one actually universal experience shared among all of humankind, isn’t that death? If not for the valid existential questions it raises, it’s as common as dirt. So common, in fact, that it feels redundant to say that death is, in some small way, our primal motivation. Achievements are measured in terms of things done, and greedy time allows us only so much of itself. There is never enough to go around.

Marina Keegan was the author of the stories and essays in the collection The Opposite of Loneliness,  and in case you didn’t know, Marina Keegan is dead.

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Published May 11th, 2014 by

I was planning to review a book today, one that was going to mostly be negative in tone. However, I received three rejections in the past day and felt it…

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