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The Nobel committee lets in a bit of light

Arthur Milner celebrates Nobel laureate Bob Dylan [Issue 40, 2017]
by Arthur Milner


The television crime drama goes global

Jeffrey Oberman: A distinctly American genre flurishes outside the United States [Issue 40, 2017]
by Jeffrey Oberman



Poems for troubled times

Philip Resnick’s poems for troubled times [Issue 40, 2017]
by Philip Resnick


Political theatre, then and now

Arthur Milner on political theatre in Canada [Issue 40, 2017]
by Arthur Milner


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How binge-watching creates a new art form

Jeffrey Oberman: A new art form is emerging, freed from the constraints of traditional movies and TV [Issue 39, 2016]
by Jeffrey Oberman


How Hollywood sold its soul to the comic book fanboy

Jeffrey Oberman laments the decline of Hollywood’s creativity and the rise of the 17-year-old fanboy [Issue 37, 2015]
by Jeffrey Oberman



The trivially hip

CBC radio and the decline of public broadcasting [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Arthur Milner


Political chill and artistic courage

This government has created a chill, and, I would suggest, has done so intentionally. It calls opposition un-Canadian, extremist or sympathetic to child molesters. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Arthur Milner



The Jacobson question

It’s all dark fun, but unvarnished darkness is falling fast. Unrelenting reports of vandalism ("swastikas painted on stars of David; an Orthodox man in his sixties beaten up at a bus stop”). This seems extraordinary. [From...
by Arthur Milner


Mario Vargas Llosa and the end of authoritarian regimes

Readers seeking to understand the end of authoritarian regimes could do no better than to start with a book by Nobel Laurate Mario Vargas Llosa: The Feast of the Goat. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Henry Milner



The francophone discovery of Jewish Quebec

Sympathetic interest among francophone Quebecers in the Jewish community in their midst is recent; it dates from the 1980s. Three new books in French indicate that this interest has reached a certain level of maturity [From Inr...
by Bob Chodos


A likeable campaign pamphlet 
– and a bit more

Reg Whitaker reviews Michael Ignatieff, True Patriot Love: Four Generations in Search of Canada. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Reg Whitaker



Lord Stern’s stern deal

Marvin Shaffer reviews Nicholas Stern, The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Marvin Shaffer


Two deaths, two mournings

In Quebec, two deaths and two mournings marked the year 2009: Nelly Arcan’s and Pierre Falardeau’s. Malcolm Reid looks at two different cultural stars' lives and contributions. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Malcolm Reid



Blame Canada! Blame Quebec!

Similar diagnoses and different prescriptions for Canada’s Quebec problem. Brian Tanguay reviews recent books by Jacques Parizeauain and Brian Lee Crowley. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Brian Tanguay


Impolite topics, unpredictable critics

Henry Milner reviews recent books by Pierre Joncas and Joseph Facal. The authors underscore two related characteristics that make Quebec distinct. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Henry Milner


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Bombay Duck: Excerpts from a novel-in-progress

In 1942 American GIs pour into Calcutta. Yasmine Khan opens a nightclub called Bombay Duck smack in the middle of town to entertain the restless GIs. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Sharbari Ahmed

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Artists of the world, unite!

The Conservatives war against the arts shifted a potential majority for Harper. [From Inroads 24, 2009]
by Arthur Milner