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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Ibi Kaslik

Ibi Kaslik is a writer and arts educator. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. Her novels include The Angel Riots.

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Father Complex

A First Nations celebrity dissects his complicated paternal heritage December 2015
The recent conclusion of quantitative research on epigenetic inheritance, the concept that environmental influences from everything from smoking to stress can affect the genes of one’s children—and even grandchildren—is likely no news to Wab Kinew. As a public personality and broadcaster, Kinew, whose aloof father’s experiences informed his life and choices, is acutely aware of how inherited trauma has shaped his own…

Powerful and Troubling

A young Métis writer captures an unstable reality November 2013
Names such as Thomas King, Tomson Highway, Richard Wagamese and Joseph Boyden have entered the pantheon of Canadian writing in recent years. The relative absence of self-identifying female First Nations authors, with exceptions such as Eden Robinson and a few others, is unsurprising given the historical marginalization of Native women in Canadian culture and society. And if First Nations females are sparse in the country’s literary…

New Baby, Old Vice

A mother’s trip into the unglamorous viscera of alcoholism June 2013
One of the slimmest, most elliptically poignant modern short stories, “Escapes,” by Joy Williams, from a collection of the same title, is about a fractious relationship between a child and her alcoholic mother. To the narrator, a young girl, the ever-pervasive vodka fumes signify “daring and deception, hopes and little lies.” The mother smells “like the glass … always in the sink in the morning.” (Note to alcoholics who drink vodka because they think it does not smell: it does.) “Escapes” is not only about the humiliation and confusion of seeing a parent…

Too Cool

One of Canada’s best broadcasters produces a memoir that’s... a little narrow December 2012
An informal survey reveals that Jian Ghomeshi is an important Canadian for the following reasons: he maintained his composure during Billy Bob Thornton’s on-air meltdown; he is nice; ladies think he is sexy and smart, having the perfect mix of vulnerability and confidence; through Q, he made CBC cool again. Readers of Ghomeshi’s memoir,