I Spy For You, You Spy For Me

This piece by Avner Levin on the PEN Canada blog explains how Canada and the US spy on each other’s citizens, then share the information with each other, in order to get around the laws about spying on their own citizens. Told from a Canadian perspective. Very...

Dear Taliban Commander

One of my own favorite lines from The Hundred Hearts is something Jeremy Merkin says to his grandfather, Al, as they argue about the My Lai massacre: “When you find yourself pointing a gun at women and children, that’s how you know you’re on the...

Books I’ve Read: March – July, 2013

Note: This entry is not intended to be a work of literary criticism, but rather to make brief notes about books I’ve read recently and enjoyed. Publishers and authors, please be aware that no comments made on this page may be used as blurb or promotional copy...

Geoff Lawton and Zaytuna Farm

Geoff Lawton is one of the leading lights of the permaculture movement. His video “Greening The Desert” is an astounding documentary about the power of permaculture to transform an utterly arid and apparently dead landscape into a vibrant, life-sustaining...