Lifestyle Archive: 2010

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Special Relativity

It was raining when Laurie arrived on Ken Mayata’s doorstep, which was reason enough to make tea. That Ken’s wife Sharon was away for two days at a conference, and that Laurie had Jonathan Hubbard on her mind, made it all the more natural.Continue...

Things In Kingston I Will Miss When I’m Gone: Part One

Coming to Kingston from a small town (and by “small town” I mean a population of about a thousand people—so yeah, actually small) was a huge step for me. Four years ago, I was too afraid to...Continue...

Songs For Spring


Between melting and freezing
The soul’s sap quivers. There is no earth smell
Or smell of living thing. This is the spring time
But not in time’s covenant.
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Vogt C Gallery

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The literary minds of ultimate fans

If stalking and squealing from the sidelines isn’t your style, there may be another way to show your affection for a book, movie or TV show. And it’s more up close and personal than you’ll ever get otherwise.Continue...

Turning the page in the digital age

With Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle worldwide last October and the looming release of Apple’s iPad on April 3, the book industry could be facing rapid changes.

Many people are asking whether they’ll lose anything transitioning from physical, tangible text to the electronic screen as our primary method of reading.Continue...

No shortage of literary havens in Kingston

Barely a few years ago, lower Princess St. was filled with quaint independent bookstores. But as market pressures become ever tighter, several have or are on the brink of closing up shop.

Independent bookstores have an undeniable charm and are almost always staffed by friendly individuals with more expertise than large bookstores. Here are some of Kingston’s finest bookshops, essential for any bibliophile to build their library and delve into new literary territory.Continue...

The CanLit conundrum

In the 1970s, CBC Radio held a competition for listeners to complete the phrase “As Canadian as…”. The winning result read: “As Canadian as possible, under the circumstances.” Ironically, this acknowledgement of a lacking national identity is something, if not the only thing, that defines Canadian-ness.Continue...

Around the world in six great books

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Judging book covers

A stroll through your average bookstore will reveal the myriad different ways publishers try to attract readers with book cover designs. Book covers can do everything from attract a certain gender to outline the contents of the material inside.Continue...

Musings from a quirky observer

It might seem impossible that one ordinary man could write intelligently on almost any conceivable topic, but that’s the brilliance of Malcolm Gladwell.

What the Dog Saw is the latest concoction from Gladwell, consisting of a collection of his essays appearing in the New Yorker—where he works as a staff writer—over the past 14 years.Continue...

The undead have come alive

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is still alive today ... as a vampire,” reads the tagline of author Michael Thomas Ford’s Jane Bites Back. The book was released on Dec. 29 and tells the story of an undead Jane Austen, frustrated by a 200-year writer’s block and 116 rejections of an unpublished novel.Continue...

The monastery and the mobile phone

With its constant elasticity and ever-changing nature, technology has been associated with popular culture and modernity, diametrically opposed to the strict guidelines of religious belief and spirituality.

Throughout my semester in Shangahi and my travels throughout China and Tibet, however, I’ve witnessed the monks’ incorporation of these two seeming opposites, in ways that matched no previous conception I had of monks, technology or the Buddhist way of life.Continue...

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I still know what you did last era

The world can be a daunting place—turning on the news frequently means facing a plethora of real-life horrors—so it seems somewhat ironic that with such a multitude of terrors, people still willingly watch horror movies on a regular basis.Continue...

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The receding taboos of body art

A year and a half ago, just a few weeks before my 18th birthday, I marched into a downtown body piercing shop with a couple of friends, lied about my age and got my nostril pierced in a delayed act of rebellion that most people get out of their system in high school.Continue...

Artist in Profile with Afterparty


1. Who are you?

I am 1/6th of the Toronto based band "disco-punk" Afterparty, my name is
Keith Heppler and I play the drums. The band has been around since...Continue...

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