BOOK OF THE WEEK: LINGO

There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today (not including Klingon, Elvish or my personal favourite, Ewokese), and many of us are either fluent in a few or can toss bits and pieces of a variety into our everyday mother tongues. That number is a bit astounding, especially when you consider that language…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: MARGUERITE’S CHRISTMAS

A touching portrait of aging and what it means to be alone during the holidays, Marguerite’s Christmas is sure to become a modern classic– and it also might make you cry. As with the best stories in this genre, Marguerite’s Christmas is a simple one that pulls and tugs at your heartstrings, and in turn,…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: NO FLASH, PLEASE!

Imagine yourself in a Toronto club in the mid-80s watching a band with a funny name, the musicians battering their instruments (sometimes literally into smithereens) while the vocals vacillate between careening and hacking out of the singer’s mouth. It’s smoky, dirty, and, well, grungy in there, but you’re hooked. You make a mental note to…