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The CK interviews Michael Muhammad Knight

Michael Muhammad Knight‘s The Taqwacores is the story of a group of punk rock kids who squat in a filthy upstate New York house that becomes a meeting place for drugged-out, boozed-up acquaintances to party and pass out in each night. Each Friday, however, it also becomes a meeting place for the same kids, where… Continue reading The CK interviews Michael Muhammad Knight

Places I've Lived · Politics · United States of America

Let Freedom Ring

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . . . . . that… Continue reading Let Freedom Ring

Politics

And the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America is…

This man just made history, on the same date that Martin Luther King marched with hundreds of thousands on the Mall in Washington DC forty-five years ago. I only got to hang on to his every eloquent word while watching him on national television. Here is a leader who will help a nation on its… Continue reading And the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America is…

Faith · Places I've Lived · Politics · Toronto

Le Weekend

Friday, March 14, 2008, 7 pm: Meet the heart-stealing Marielle (aka p’tit Peng), daughter of my cousins, whom I finally met. Just look at those round cheeks. That little hand! Her pink onesie! Saturday March 15, 2008, Noon: These people are up too early, although the day is bright and sunny. This is a full-fledged… Continue reading Le Weekend

Media · Politics

Old But Gold

An interesting article from last year by WP columnist Richard Cohen, taking a non-partisan stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict — always tough to do. Some excellent points, and a fine walk on a very delicate tightrope. I’m posting it now because I stumbled on it. The problem I have with this piece is that Cohen… Continue reading Old But Gold

Media · Politics

Let’s Watch A Girl Get Beaten To Death

These words from Whedonesque. From Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy and Angel. These words about our humanity, or lack of, are so powerfully put, I can’t think of more to add other than these. When the World Trade Center Towers fell (I still see them falling in my mind’s eye), I thought, how’s Hollywood… Continue reading Let’s Watch A Girl Get Beaten To Death