A Canadian Identity: Am and Am Not.

April 21, 2014


Arguably, I am a living embodiment of both the dream and the nightmare of colonialism. From one perspective of history, I am a fine example of the merits of cultural integration. From another perspective of history, I am a sad example of the failings of cultural assimilation. You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but one […]

Posted in: Identity

Une nouvelle langue: une nouvelle identité ?

April 7, 2014



À quel âge as-tu commencé à devenir la personne que tu es aujourd’hui ? Pour moi, j’avais douze ans. Probablement, c’était parce que la puberté était arrivée dans sa pleine mesure. Je grandissais rapidement et je perdais rapidement beaucoup de livres. Au début de ma douzième année, j’étais un petit et gros enfant. À la […]

Posted in: en français

A Return to Paradise: Sun, Fun, and Reflection.

March 17, 2014



If the travel gods are merciful, by the time you are reading this, I will be on the little piece of paradise where this selfie was taken… wow, was it really five years ago. A lot has happened since then. Come to think of it. This blog pretty much documents all of it. Am I […]

Posted in: Blog

Pride: In Its Sudden Return, Its Long Absence Felt.

March 11, 2014



It caught me by surprise. Unexpectedly, I found myself taking pride in my work. When I noticed the feeling, I realized how good it felt. I also realized that it had been a long time since I had last felt the feeling. On the face of it, it was not much to be proud of: […]

Posted in: Blog, Learning French

La Grande Bellezza: Admired but Never Known.

March 5, 2014



Once a woman passes a certain threshold of physical attractiveness, it’s not unreasonable to claim that, for her, every heterosexual man is, in principle, sexually attainable. In most cases, a man will resist the sexual advances of a woman he finds attractive only when there is some kind of promise, rule, or law he feels […]

La Grande Bellezza: Five Claims Worth Repeating

February 25, 2014


The Great Beauty

When I first finished Albert Camus’s La Peste, I felt relief. Because it had been written, because it existed, there was nothing I really had to write. If I decided to never write a word again, I could point people to La Peste and all that needed to be done would be done. At the […]

Posted in: Blog, Philosophy

In My Beginning Is My End: Sounding The Tongue.

February 17, 2014



I finally figured out what I’m doing around here. By “here”, I mean this blog and, by extension, my other artistic droppings. Perhaps, by “figured out” I really mean “remembered.” I’m sounding the tongue. I’m not sure when I coined the phrase, but it was probably towards the end of my undergrad, when a friend […]

Posted in: Blog, Philosophy

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