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.
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.
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.
Even now, as we speak, 153 august trade ministers from the nations of the World Trade Organization are gathered in Geneva to chant the ancient spells for warding off economic disaster.
Watching a hockey game on TV, even though you know it's happening right now, has a predetermined feel. You can't do anything to affect it, but it affects you.
Tom Naylor's new book is based on "a quantum leap in sheer numbers of those loaded with loot." The appalling esthetics and detestable ethics of the 1 per cent seem to energize, not deplete him.
This is a time of rejuvenation for non-violence. The Occupy movements were built on what one writer called "the courage of young people to fly into conflict on Gandhi's wings."
The Occupy movements have largely become dramas revolving around the excellent question posed by The Clash: Should I stay or should I go? But it's possible that this is the wrong question.
Remembrance Day is about the dead, not the war. The memorial symbol that emerged after World War I expresses this perfectly: the tomb of the unknown soldier.
In 1993, when Dusan Petricic came to Toronto from Belgrade in what is now always called "the former Yugoslavia," he was generally seen as its leading political cartoonist.