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William Duncan in Metlakatla

May 20, 2013


From In the Wake of the War Canoe by William Collison.   The story of Metlakatla is a quintessentially British Columbia story, which, in the middle of the 19th century, represented the farthest, deepest reaches of the British Empire.  The founding of the community represented an experiment in Christian Utopianism, an experiment that failed, among […]

The Black Death in European Art

May 6, 2013


When the Black Death came to Europe in 1348, it brought a plague Europeans had never seen before, slaughtering far and wide with unprecedented ferocity.  Before it left, after that first sweep through (it was to return again and again through the centuries) one third of Europe was dead. It was a kind of collapse […]

The Mad Gardener’s Song by Lewis Carroll

March 12, 2013


It is not well-known that, beside the Alice books, Lewis Carroll wrote another nonsense novel, Sylvie and Bruno (1889).  The Alice books are masterpieces.  Sylvie and Bruno is laboured and tedious, unfunny and unexciting, and for the most part, well forgotten.  The exception is the following poem which appears as a refrain, a verse at a time […]

The City of Gaudi

February 22, 2013


The city of Gaudi is Barcelona, of course.  The works of architect Antoni Gaudi are among the dominant images of that city, especially his magnificent Sagrada Família, unfinished at his death and still, even today, under construction.  Guidebooks and post cards use the Sagrada Família to represent Barcelona almost as iconically as the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. […]

Mocha Dick, or the White Whale of the Pacific

November 12, 2012


A Tale of the Original Moby Dick From the era when whales were monsters, and their hunters were heroes.  As they thought.  The original story as presented below is not for the tender-hearted.  It was a brutal era. Of course everybody is familiar, in one way or other, with the most famous of whaling stories, […]

The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

August 23, 2012


(From Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.)  The Walrus and the Carpenter     ‘The sun was shining on the sea,       Shining with all his might:      He did his very best to make       The billows smooth and bright—      And this was odd, because it was       The middle of the […]

Dressing Up as Indians

July 12, 2012


When Princess Liz (as she then was) arrived in Vancouver, she and her significant other were welcomed to a teepee and a phalanx of (presumably) real Indians dressed up as (obviously) fake Indians.  It was 1951.  With revisions to the Indian Act, Canada had just made being culturally-Indian legal that year, and most Indians didn’t actually […]

Marxist-Leninist Credit Cards

June 20, 2012


Because you haven’t had your recommended daily dose of irony for today, I present to you the Karl Marx credit card. If you are fortunate enough to have Sparkasse Chemnitz as your bank, it offers a bust of the venerable coauthor of the Communist Manifesto which you may present every time you wish to make […]

Self-Portrait (2006) by Haisla Collins

October 30, 2011


Self-Portrait (2006) by Haisla Collins.

Some Visions From Haiti

September 16, 2011