Going Over the Mountain with Charles Manson OR Why We Love Reading About Evil

April 29, 2014

So, the other morning I was driving over Mont-Royal – going to get my morning coffee – noticing the budding, traumatized leaves trying to push their way through after this difficult winter – and it was beautiful. And I was listening to: Charles Manson. Well, actually, I was listening to Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh… Read More

Why Al Pacino’s Accent Makes No Sense OR What Makes a Book Endure?

October 28, 2013

Our grade 9 English class just finished watching the film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. It’s the one in which Al Pacino plays Shylock and speaks with a strange accent that’s neither Jewish nor Italian. But, he’s Al Pacino, so I guess he can make up whichever accent he wants. I guess. Anyway, we’re… Read More