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A couple of weeks ago we listed some of our critics’ favourite books of 2014. Maybe that helped with your gift search, maybe it didn’t, especially if your idea of holiday cheer...
Once again, we present the books that shook our neurons, widened our world-views, and just flat-out entertained us over the last 12 months. As ever, this list could have been much...
There’s a molten intensity to the roles that built John Cleese’s reputation as one of the funniest and most influential comedians to use the English language in the last century...
Karl Ove Knausgaard has just picked his daughter up from school when the Straight reaches him at his home in rural Sweden on a late afternoon. It’s a moment of routine fatherly...
We’ve arrived at the season when many of our favourite authors turn from dust-jacket photos into flesh-and-blood beings, taking on three-dimensional form at festivals and events...
The image of a riot that happened long ago hangs over the courtyard of the Woodward’s complex, where the Straight meets up with Art Bergmann on a hot weekday afternoon. It’s...
Earl Lynn Nelson’s voice comes rolling down the phone line from Ashland, Kentucky, all gravel and sunshine. It’s the same big voice, the same swirling Appalachian accent, that...
Who do you say I am?” This is perhaps the most pointed question Jesus of Nazareth is said to have asked his disciples. Teacher or saviour, man or deity? In the 2,000 years since,...
The Vancouver Canucks have avoided repeating last year’s Roberto Luongo soap opera by efficiently shipping out disgruntled centre Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks, in the first of...
With an appealing lack of flash and an aura of all-round regular-dudeness, Jim Benning held his first meeting with local media as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, today...

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