Comedian Louis C.K.'s unsettling comeback prompts reflections on motives for withdrawing from the spotlight -- and the temptation to return. In this regard, could C.K. learn from pianist Glen Gould?
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
I'm not saying China is a mensch and we aren't. Yet it feels like Fu Manchu and the Yellow Peril are back. Where did they go, like Joe DiMaggio, so it seemed they'd vanished forever?
Those of us who mostly observe and comment on the current crisis, or suite of crises, owe a debt to France's gilets jaunes, the yellow vests. They're clarifiers.
What term could you use to replace, say, socialism? How about -- socialism?
Electoral politics is still basically about aggregating people, not dividing them -- which the Democratic establishment does in a freakily similar way to what they accuse Trump of.
I think it's largely arbitrary whether you choose to be amazed that people don't learn solidarity from viole catastrophes or that they do.
CBC also claims it's our bulwark against U.S. culture. But c'mon -- the greatest threat to Canada's self-sense isn't U.S. cop shows, it's treating daily reality there as if it's our own.
The legalization of cannabis this week, and many Canadians' relieved reactions, underlined how rarely governments do something that genuinely alters people's daily lives.
Howard Zinn said that it's always one step forward, two back. But today's regressive feels so depressive partly due to the proud ignorance that accompanies it.
Toronto is a city people love, but its strength is in its neighbourhoods and demographics, not its leadership. As we gear up to face Ford, wouldn't it be nice to have strong mayoral representation?