Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

Poetry, more than any genre, is a very personal thing. I could read a poem that absolutely moves me, which could leave you completely cold. In the same way, cultural issues in any country are equally very intimate affairs, strongly influenced by one’s youth, one’s community, one’s reading habits and entourage. Those who know me,Continue reading “Live from the Afrikan Resistance!”

Language of the Spirit: an introduction to classical music

In 2019, the boyfriend and I acquired two tickets to watch Jeunesses Musicales concerts in Dalhousie. We missed one of them (I’m ashamed to say that I forgot…), but the other one we went to I… enjoyed. I give this judgment carefully. There were pieces from composers I knew that I loved, there were modernContinue reading “Language of the Spirit: an introduction to classical music”

The Lost Words: a spell book

Words have power, and many believe that speaking them aloud brings that power into the world. And just as using words summons their power, letting them fall into silence diminished them into impotence. But silence need not be forever. The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris explores 20 words that were removed fromContinue reading “The Lost Words: a spell book”

Flirting with Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece

I think it’s fair to say that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is among the top 5 love stories ever written. I say this without having, to my shame, ever read the actual novel. But I did enjoy immensely the BBC mini-series from 1995 with Colin Firth and the 2005 movie with Matthew Macfadyen.Continue reading “Flirting with Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece”