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Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
Arctic Summer

DANE, October 9, 2014

Being a hardcore non-fiction reader, it's not often that I pick up a novel. Having just written a paper on E.M. Forster though, I was intrigued when I came across Damon Galgut's book. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but I was pleasantly surprised. Rather than a book filled with "just the facts", it was really quite interesting to read about Forster's life in this manner. Realizing it most likely isn't completely "accurate" didn't take away from the experience. If anything, using historical figures made it all the more clear just how difficult life must have been for gay men and women at the turn of the 20th century.
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Out in Paperback by Ian Young
Out in Paperback

DANE, October 5, 2014

Be warned! If you know nothing about queer pulp fiction, this book may start you off on a dangerous new path. I never knew these books existed until I read Out In Paperback and now I'm practically addicted to searching for new additions to my collection. I naively thought queer pocketbooks first made their appearance in the 70's or 80's but by was I wrong! Try '40's or 50's and some of the covers are not to be believed! Ian Young's guide is short n'sweet and could easily be twice the length but it'll definitely get you started!
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The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada by Marci Mcdonald
The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada

DANE, August 2, 2014

Canadians can sometimes be a little smug when we look to our southern neighbour and ask how on earth they could allow religious fundamentalists to rise through the political ranks. We need to bite our tongues and educate ourselves though. The Canadian religious extremists may be a little behind their U.S. counterparts but make no mistake, they're just as ambitious. Marci Mcdonald's thoroughly researched book is bound to send shudders through the spines of Canadians. Let's hope it plays a part in turning the tide.
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Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life by Massimo Pigliucci
Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life

DANE, July 28, 2014

I've been listening to Massimo Pigliucci's podcast for years now so was very excited to read this book. There has been a great deal of back n'forthing between scientists and philosophers in the past couple of years over the question of whether or not philosophy is relevant today so I wasn't surprised to see this come out. Philosophy certainly can't answer ALL the questions but it certainly has a place and a few brilliant scientists (who shall remain unnamed but you know who they are) need to accept this. And seeing as we're each responsible for finding our own meaning in life, this is even more true than ever. Definitely worth a read!!
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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.) by Mi Csikszentmihalyi
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.)

DANE, July 27, 2014

You may not be able to pronounce the author's name but don't let that put you off. Flow is an extremely readable and fascinating book. You've probably heard the term "getting in the zone" ... well, this will explain exactly what that means and why it's so beneficial to discover your own zone. Being fully immersed an activity to the point of losing track of time is something most of us have experience at one time or another. This book explores this phenomena and suggests reasons we should seek it out.
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