The huge golden beak curves down over the saucer of a clamshell. Frozen along the edges of the shell and wedged inside it are the carved buttocks and blank faces of small humans coaxed from the comfort of their clam birthplace by the unctious wheedling of Raven: The Trickster.By Thomas Hopkins8 min
Had Toronto been the Paris of the 1920s, artist Charles Pachter was saying as he sat in his living room besieged by morning sunlight and new resolve, his friends in the city’s artistic community would probably have stormed the offices of the art critics and poured wine over their heads, or poked a few noses.By Wayne Clark8 min
The 24-year-old woman with the square grey glasses and straight brown hair was infuriated. The membership meeting in North Vancouver had been called to discuss changing the name of the North Shore Association for the Mentally Retarded.By Paul Grescoe7 min
Something of value Since our institute has some claim to being a Canadian pioneer in the field of ethics studies (Life and Death Ethics, March 17) and because our approach is somewhat innovative, your readers may be interested in learning about it. We see the current crisis as double-edged.
Maclean’s: A decade ago, you were saying the Parti Québécois was the legitimate heir to the Quebec independence movement of the 1960s, and telling those interested in “changing the world” that that was where they belonged. What has happened to the PQ—or to your concept of independence—since then to change your mind?
Acid guru Timothy Leary no longer believes that the future lies in LSD. Instead, he’s looking forward to “pharmaceutical advances” in the ’80s that will abolish human illness. “The biggest gas of all would be to immunize people against stupidity,” says 60-year-old Leary, who believes the humanitarian drug boom will tie in nicely with his Space Migration Intelligence Increase and Life Extension (SMILE) program.By Marsha Boulton6 min
Is there anything more disheartening than watching a Lazarus ball bleed? From the uninitiated, on a good day, that question might elicit a perplexed “Huh?”, but the ever-increasing crowd familiar with the parlance of pinball would understand that it’s tantamount to tragedy.By Lawrence O’Toole5 min
Six months ago, behind closed doors, a prominent federal MP from Quebec—now a cabinet minister-shocked his caucus colleagues by suggesting they all vote “yes” in the Quebec referendum, thereby neutralizing the Parti Québécois’ glamorous and apparently successful campaign.By Susan Riley5 min
Relaxing in his spacious ranch-style home overlooking the Pacific in Los Angeles after the double triumph of the Wisconsin and Kansas primaries last week, Ronald Reagan was “happy as a clam.” “I’m still singing the same old song,” explained the 69-year-old Republican front-runner.By William Scobie5 min
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