Named for the world’s best word-processor (machine language, DOS-based, all before you were born) this is a blog that dodges back and forth between the literary and political, from Stendhal to the world going to hell in a jetplane.


Charles Williams: Noir at Sea

CHARLES WILLIAMS: NOIR AT SEA “The room was high-ceilinged and dim and passably clean, stamped with the drab monotony of all cheap hotel rooms and that air of being ready, with the same weary and impervious acquiescence, for sleep, assignation, or suicide.” Aground. I’ve never been a sailor, but I’ve ...

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STENDHAL AND MONEY

STENDHAL AND MONEY Fabrizio, Stendhal’s hero in The Charterhouse of Parma, has dashed off to France to meet up with his own idol, Napoleon, arriving just in time for the Battle of Waterloo—which, famously, he stumbles and sleeps through without ever quite knowing where he is or what’s going on. ...

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The God of Carnage

I saw the original London production of Yasmina Resa’s God of Carnage in 2008 and on July 31st of this year I had a chance to see the play again, this time at the Chester Playhouse, in Chester, Nova Scotia. An unfair comparison? Perhaps not so much as you think. ...

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NOMINATIONS, OTTAWA-VANIER

NDP OTTAWA-VANIER NOMINATING CONVENTION I’ve never attended any of the rituals that are part of electoral politics. I’ve never donned a bright tee shirt and held a balloon and chanted “Dumm-my! Dumm-my!” at the advent of some new Chosen One, nor have I hooted and hollered as the victorious candidate ...

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Is the stock market telling us anything?

It rarely does, of course. Stock markets are the white noise generators of the financial world. But there’s a reason for this. In comparison to the other markets——foreign exchange, bonds, real estate, commodities——the world’s stock markets are tiny. As money moves from those larger markets into or out of such ...

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DEMOCRACY AND GREECE

DEMOCRACY AND GREECE The Greek crisis is truly a crisis of the political economy, as much about political power as money. And many have claimed that the European response to Greece’s plight, and especially the German response, marks the end of democracy in Europe. Indeed, for Joseph Stiglitz, the Eurozone ...

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