I picked up a library copy of John le Carré’s The Looking Glass War because all my own books were in moving boxes, and to begin re-habituating myself to intensive reading in the lead-up to my comprehensive exam in August. The novel is what you would expect from le Carré: not sensationalized, conveying a sense [...]
New commercial photographic work: manuscript pages from the 12th – 16th centuries
My classmate Emma assembled many recent examples of the U of T major field examination in Canadian politics. The exam will be based on these sources. I can either write the exam on May 23rd or August 22nd.
238 items in all, this is a draft list of texts for my forthcoming comprehensive examination in Canadian politics. I can’t help noticing that it was typeset in LaTeX.
Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by [...]
From Kipling’s Kim: “It was intrigue,— of course he knew that much, as he had known all evil since he could speak,— but what he loved was the game for its own sake — the stealthy prowl through the dark gullies and lanes, the crawl up a waterpipe, the sights and sounds of the women’s [...]
To a large degree, non-academic books have been the seeds of the environmental movement. Books like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring have fostered popular concern about environmental degradation, which in turn grew into demands that action be taken at the political level. It is therefore appropriate that Rob Nixon grounds and populates his account of the [...]