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Comics, Cosmopolitanism, and Canadiana
The growing popularity and diversity of Canadian comics and graphic literature raises questions around how a culture and place presents itself to the world. [23.Sep.14]
The Rainmakers Find Heaven and Hell in the Heartland
Since the early '80s, The Rainmakers have been among the best bands to emerge from the Heartland Rock boom of that decade. They may be the best that's still at it. [22.Sep.14]
How About Some Unironic Love for Emerson, Lake & Palmer?
Love them or loathe them, Emerson, Lake & Palmer wore immoderation like a badge of courage. [19.Sep.14]
Mr. Mencken Went to Dayton and the Culture Wars Began
Long before Christopher Hitchens and Bill Maher, H.L. Mencken was America's most notorious satirist of religion. And thus began the battle for the soul of America. [18.Sep.14]
Possessed by 'Wild Palms': How Far Will You Go to Feel Connected?
Have listeners of the Danish ambient electronic outfit, Croatian Amor, given more of themselves than the musician ever would? [17.Sep.14]
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Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron. [20.Aug.14]
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