I'm writing while on what I think of as my cradles of western civilization tour. It consists of Greece and Israel.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Globe and Mail.
Last week the census came out, begetting the usual flurry of analysis. But I was more intrigued by an Ipsos worldwide survey on happiness, which they've been "tracking" since 2007.
There's a great family drama going on just beneath the surface of those nearly unwatchable NDP leadership debates. Watchable TV isn't everything.
The Shafia case is so unsettling that it seems to unleash the search for a single key to explain it. Then you could toss away other keys that don't work. But I don't think that's the way to go.
Consider this a delayed obituary for McClelland & Stewart, "The Canadian Publishers," which effectively expired this month after a lengthy decline in the care of several owners.
I never much liked storytelling as a model for Life Itself and this may be a hint that it's due for retirement. In Canada it had a particularly strong run as a model for Canadian culture.
The brand new Academy of the Impossible plans to take a step beyond hacktivism toward the integration of online agitation with direct action in the streets, that the Occupy movements have embodied.
Reactions to Steven Spielberg's film version of Tintin, The Secret of the Unicorn, have been intense, especially in Europe, where Tintin has been a cultural marker since the 1930s.
What may have been unique this past year was a collapse of the conventional fountains of authority and respect. In the Arab world that meant governments. But in the West, it meant big business.
I'd like to join the war against the war against Christmas: a cause bravely championed by muffled voices in the catacombs like Bill O'Reilly at Fox News and Rex Murphy on CBC.