Frank Smith’s new novel What Once Was Lost: The Blacksmith’s Art in Nova Scotia refutes the idea that blacksmithing is archaic, obsolete and alive only in demonstrations by burly men at historic sites.  Discovering the community  Frank is a Dalhousie University professor of histology, a subfield of anatomy interested in the microscopic structure of tissue. He teaches in…

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In this image: A carved pumpkin.

This year Halloween will look different than ever before. Although COVID-19 has rendered it impossible to participate in many typical Halloween events, there are still dozens of fun things to do. Here is a list of a few options to make Halloween 2020 as great as any other year.  Halifax walking ghost tour   The Halifax…

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Although it may not appear evident, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of fashion from a space of glamour to a space of economic bankruptcy.  Although it may not appear evident, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of fashion from a space of glamour to a space of economic bankruptcy.  Unprecedented changes  Because buyers are staying indoors to avoid the virus, massive retail stores,…

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This summer we read and loved The Hour of the Star by one of Brazil’s most brilliant novelists: Clarice Lispector. We like to recommend books you can read during your studies, and luckily, this month’s read is only 77 pages! Although it’s short, it’s sure to have an impact.  About the author  Lispector spent the final years of her life writing The…

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Back in March, Dalhousie University announced all classes would be online for the rest of the winter 2020 semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university asked students to go home. For me, it almost felt like I was being deported.   Moving back home meant flying all the way back to Turkey. Everything happened too…

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Dylan Menzie starts every episode of his podcast with the same question: “What do you dream?”   Menzie explains  why he asks this: it’s a very broad opening question and a good way to get an idea of who he’s interviewing.   “They could talk about their worst nightmares right off the top or something they’re very…

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countdown  the tick of her spine  drives me forward  like waiting and watching  she schedules my next move I run my clock on hers her impeccable beat  like pounding drums and hissing snares or calendars on Roman time syncing circadian rhythm with mine  Page Break  catch, release, repeat  tell me about your bloodlust  hungry for the devil’s touch  to feel…

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Layer by layer Fundamentally,   Torn down to the bulb at the centre of her,   She was afraid.   Everything she was composed of   Built outward from that undiluted disturbance of self,   And from that hatred,   And then rage,   And then the pulp of the rest of her, bleached white from being washed up and   Dried on loathing.   She…

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