It has been a day when the weather without has suited the mood within: wet, dark, at times even threatening. Over an ebbing bottle of Remy Martin cognac, Mordecai Richler has himself been in full storm,insulting academics, dismissing critics, slandering politicians-backing off only when asked why it is that his own mother refuses to speak to him.By Roy MacGregor16 min
Information like this was bound to capture headlines: Jim Springer and Jim Lewis, identical twins adopted as infants into different Ohio families, were reunited after 39 years and found that both had married and divorced Lindas and then married Bettys; both had had dogs named Toy; their sons were named James Allan and James Alan; both worked part-time as deputy sheriffs; their smoking and drinking patterns were almost identical.By David Weinberger6 min
She still can’t live up to her mother’s expectations—“She would prefer I become a cross between Dina Merrill and Dinah Shore”—but it was an abstemious Grace Slick who visited Toronto last week to promote her solo album Dreams, talk about her recently published biography and feed her head with nothing more psychedelic than chocolate M&M’s and Perrier.By Maureen Piercy6 min
Like an accordian, the Canadian economy expands and contracts from one year to the next, the dual hands of the government and private enterprise taking turns in pumping the bellows and playing the keys. Midway through 1980, however, there’s precious little sweet music, a dispirited performance after the rousing gig of the 1970s.By Anthony Whittingham6 min
The Watergate scandal of the early 1970s rocked the United States, ousted Richard Nixon from the presidency and made heroes of two young reporters from The Washington Post, Bob Wood-ward and Carl Bernstein, who were credited with spearheading the investigation.
A teen-aged girl in tight jeans stood admiring a prisoner’s needlepoint on display in the four-storey Dome where 200 inmates had rioted in 1963. A baby girl in a buggy dropped her milk bottle outside the room where guards had killed prison classification officer Mary Steinhauser during a hostage drama in 1975.By Paul Grescoe6 min
The vast shield of granite sits just under the moss and loam, a natural pan for the sun’s cookery. It catches and holds the heat—moisture can be grilled out of this thin soil in a few hours after a rain. In hot, dry weather, moss crumbles at a touch; a breaking branch sounds like a rifle shot.By Michael Clugston6 min
Walking through the Pablo Picasso retrospective at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is as tiring a journey as the Spanish artist’s career was exhaustive. An entire museum cleared of all other work, every inch a tribute to the 78-year career of one man who began painting in the 19th century and eventually changed the whole face of art in the 20th.By Philip Monk6 min
Off Gabriola Island in British Columbia’s Strait of Georgia, two eagles wheel overhead. Below them two scuba divers in bloated orange dry suits waddle to the edge of the dive boat Wet Dreams. Clucking over them like a worried hen is dive master Denny Sauer, checking gauges on their gun-metal-grey air tanks, tugging the rubber hoses that snake from tanks to regulators in their mouths.
Picture a Central American farm-house, small, cluttered with chickens and a pig. The students, all well into middle age, cluster around a single table. The 15-year-old teacher, pretty and fresh as a tropical flower, chalks the lesson of national hero Augusto César Sandino on the wall.By Margaret Cannon5 min
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