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RIO 2016

THE BEST EVER

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THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE

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PENNY OLEKSIAK DIPS her hand into her red Team Canada backpack and retrieves four wool work-socks. Put aside the question of what kind of person brings winter foot-wrappers to the Summer Olympics, and focus instead on what’s inside them.

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Zoe Whittall has been hailed as a “champion of outsiders and outcasts,” thanks to her first two books, Bottle Rocket Hearts, an intimate portrait of the Montreal lesbian community set against the backdrop of the 1995 Quebec referendum, and Standing Still for as Long as Possible, which follows the lives of LGBT characters in Toronto.

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And then the shirt came off...

What a crazy summer it's been in Canadians politics. Justin Trudeau took off his shirt! Then he took off his shirt again! Other things probably happened, but who cares because:torso. First, a family came across Trudeau while hiking in Gatineau Park.

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From out of the darkness

It’s mid-October and the anonymous protagonist of Mike Barnes’s The Adjustment League is acutely aware he’s running out of time. The Super, as he’s known for his work maintaining a shabby Toronto apartment building in exchange for cheap rent, has a face that looks like it’s been through a lot, none of it good—an exceptional skill set learned in depressing places and some disturbing allies.

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International

IS TRUMP TRYING TO LOSE?

Donald Trump says the kinds of things few modern politicians would ever consider saying, even in private. He does so on a daily—sometimes hourly—basis. Trump’s supporters have so far greeted his statements with apparent glee.

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Economy

GROSS DOMESTIC PROBLEM

In economics, as in life, the simplest questions are often the most difficult to answer. Dirk Philipsen, an ethicist who teaches a history of capitalism course at Duke University, discovered that eight years ago when a student asked him the following: how do we know we’re on the right track? Philipsen launched into a discussion of GDP, or gross domestic product, the widely used measure that sums the dollar value of all goods and services produced within a country’s borders.

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