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Montreal Reads: Girl Unwrapped by Gabriella Goliger

This is the story of Toni, a girl growing up in the 1960s and ′70s and trying to navigate what it means to be gay and Jewish in Montreal. Goliger explains that she “wanted to explore how having the dual … Continue reading

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Disburse vs. Disperse

Lexical Vexations disburse 1. v. to pay out (esp. from a fund), to pay (e.g., a bill). disperse 1. v. to break up, to spread something over an area, to make something evaporate. Words in the Wild: When the bank … Continue reading

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Egotheism

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary E’gotheism, n. deification of self. Word in the Wild: A devout practitioner of egotheism, Danica insisted that not only she, but all of her coworkers, should get her birthday off as a paid holiday. If enough of us … Continue reading

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Vicious vs. Viscous

Lexical Vexations vicious 1. adj. cruel or violent. viscous 1. adj. gluey, thick, slow moving (used to describe liquids). Words in the Wild: The vicious baker punished her misshapen gingerbread people by drowning them in sweet, viscous icing. When I … Continue reading

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A Beautifully Illustrated Glossary of Typographic Terms

Need a handy guide to help you keep your gadzookses and your swashes straight? Look no further than this handy glossary of typographical terms from Canva. Go to their website to get even more juicy information about alternate glyphs, kerning, … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: Hochelaga Revisited, text by Ryan Rice

Hochelaga Revisited was an art exhibition at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), which has become an important centre for culturally diverse artistic expression in Montreal. And while we’ve lost our chance to attend this exhibition in person, we can still check out … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: No Crystal Stair by Mairuth Sarsfield

No Crystal Stair, set in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in the early 1940s, tells the story of Marion Willow as she tries to give her girls the confidence and refinement they’ll need to rise up in the world, even … Continue reading

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Montreal Reads: Ru by Kim Thúy

Ru, first published in French and translated into English, is an autobiographical novel by Kim Thúy. In Vietnamese ru means lullaby; in French it is a stream, often a metaphorical flow of money, tears or blood. This is the story of … Continue reading

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Direption

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Direp’tion, n. the art of plundering. Word in the Wild: After an unknown co-worker stole his lunch out of the communal fridge for the third day running, Amir posted a snarky note demanding the sneak cease all direption. … Continue reading

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