Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read

When the public stops reading a novel, that book goes into a hibernation that it may never emerge from. The winter of the forgotten can last forever. Some books are never forgotten, and that’s usually because of a character. Many of Dickens’ characters – think of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - may prove … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read

Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?

Sometimes psychologists try to explain autism using 'theory of mind'. Books on psychology devote whole chapters to theory of mind, but to keep a lid on this idea, I'll just quote Dictionary.com: the ability to interpret one’s own and other people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc. Those … Continue reading Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?

Rescuing Fiction | Herman Hesse | Steppenwolf again |and For Madmen Only

When I had my previous website, The Shy Highway, the most successful thing on that site was the page "For Madmen Only", a short essay on the enigmatic ending of Herman Hesse's 1927 novel, Steppenwolf. Though a committed loner all his life (he is often found on lists of famous people proposed as Asperger candidates),  … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | Herman Hesse | Steppenwolf again |and For Madmen Only

Rescuing the Future | Barack Obama vs the Culture of Meanness and Tribalism

If someone was to ask me who I think was the greatest public speaker in our time, I would respond without hesitation, Barack Obama. This morning I listened to the speech he gave this week in Richmond, Virginia on behalf of democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor again this fall (don't ask me … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Barack Obama vs the Culture of Meanness and Tribalism

Rescuing ourselves | Canada election 2021 | no change? Who says?

Having posted my thoughts on our election yesterday, I guess I'm obliged to comment on the result. This is not complete though - mail in and some other ballots are still being counted. At first sight the results look similar to the last election in 2019. The media are saying this and asking 'What was … Continue reading Rescuing ourselves | Canada election 2021 | no change? Who says?

Rescuing ourselves, or trying to | Canada votes

So today is Canada's election, and like most elections now, all eyes are on Left vs Right. In this country, the centre-left Liberal party has been in power for approx 6 years, but, since 2019, only with a minority government, so they have depended on smaller parties to back them up. Apparently our prime minister, … Continue reading Rescuing ourselves, or trying to | Canada votes

Rescuing reality | Trying to save Love, literature, books, films, and the Truth

In my novel The Birdcatcher, middle-age Chris Stone is on a train coming back from a lone hunting trip in northern Ontario, alternately watching the passing forests, low mountains and lakes outside the window and reading from a book of Federico Garcia Lorca's poetry, when he comes to that poem where Lorca tells of his … Continue reading Rescuing reality | Trying to save Love, literature, books, films, and the Truth

Autism |Toronto’s van rampage 4 | Alek Minassian convicted – what now?

For some reason the fate of Alek Minassian continues to haunt me. How is it, I ask myself, that someone who killed 10 people and injured 16 more, some permanently, running them down in his rented van here in Toronto 15 minutes walk from my home, now convicted and awaiting sentencing, continues to elicit sympathy … Continue reading Autism |Toronto’s van rampage 4 | Alek Minassian convicted – what now?