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Politics and its Discontents: One Book

Although it has been many years since I read it, I was very pleased to see that the Toronto Public Library has chosen Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for its One Book annual community reading event. Although first published in 1953, this eerily prescient novel tells the story of a world where people are globally deterred from thinking by the banning of books, the addictive use of ‘seashells’ that whisper sweet nothings in their ears (read IPods), and the constant diversion of omnipresent large-screen televisions that broadcast the most empty forms of diversion imaginable. Sound familiar?

Without question, Fahrenheit 451 puts

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Trashy's World: Another symbol from my childhood…

… is gone. Ray Bradbury died yesterday – a good, long life though… 91. The Martian Chronicles is still one of my fave books. I think I first read it about 40 years ago and have re-read it many times since… The Million-Year Picnic is one of the finest short stories I have ever met. [...]

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Cuts to Canadian archives suit the Harper Tories in more ways than one

Members of the Harper Government’s Special Archival Team get ready to head out and deal with important historical documents. Federal officials may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Dr. Daniel Caron, the Archivist of Canada, and Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin.

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Last Thursday, the Archivist of Canada got up on his hind legs and tried to explain why there’s nothing to fear from the deep cuts to Libraries and Archives Canada being made by the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.No one should worry just because “Libraries and Archives Canada is doing its part to support the

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