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Archive for September, 2006

Few ideas arouse the righteous indignation of conservatives more than the notion of "moral equivalence." In fact, three weeks ago, the National Post's Comment pages managing editor, Jonathan Kay, explicitly stated that any article that "draws a moral equivalence between terrorists and the nations that fight them," would be"rejected out of hand" by the newspaper. […]

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Happy Birthday, Dmitri Shostakovich!

Monday, September 25th, 2006

[I published this in the March 2006 Playbill of the San Francisco Orchestra.] Pity the ghost of Dmitri Shostakovich. Thirty years after his death, it seems his soul will never be allowed to rest in peace. Hounded by Stalinist commissars during his lifetime, ridiculed by Western modernists to this day, Shostakovich remains one of the […]

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Daycare vs childcare: Cui bono?

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Two things came to mind after getting my second "universal childcare" cheque in the mail the other day. First, there is numerical proof that I am now more father than writer, more caregiver than historian. It's been a difficult adjustment to make for someone who has virtually lived in libraries and archives, and who has […]

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Ikea, Etobicoke, 10:30am, Saturday

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Wish I could help! How's this for a start? "Avoid piling up large boxes and mattresses that completely obstruct access to your 'Help us improve!' station."

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