Books

Dal reads: We Were Not the Savages

Daniel N. Paul is a Mi’kmaq Elder and born in Indian Brook, Nova Scotia. When he was a kid, he witnessed first-hand how the “Indian agents” treated his parents and community members. Paul was raised in an educational system that taught him he was “good at making axe handles and things, and that was it.”…

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Black History Month is almost over

The world seems to get more diverse as time goes on. In the new Star Wars film, two of the leading stars, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, were Puerto Rican and African American, respectively. One of the biggest literary hashtags is #weneeddiversebooks, and with the use of the internet, it is now easier than ever…

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BOOK: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe Farrar Straus Giroux, pp. 432   It’s 1964. Ken Kesey had just gotten out of his six-month jail sentence for possession charges. What’s the next best thing to do with your life after getting out of jail? Well, according to Kesey, it is buying an old school…

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Submit Write Now

With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) more than halfway through, there’s a lot of writing being done. For the folks at Fathom, however, the writing doesn’t stop at the end of the month. Fathom is the undergraduate creative writing journal for both Dalhousie and King’s. It is created entirely by students, from contributors to editors.…

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150 Years of Change, 150 Years of the Same

If you were given this question on your exam, how would you answer it? “Give the derivation of the word ‘Rhetoric,’ together with its earliest application; and show how it was afterwards modified.” If you’d stumble on this, you are not alone. Last Friday, students, faculty, and alumni were asked this very question taken from…

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BOOK: The Martian (2011)

With the movie out Oct. 2, it seems like high time for a review of The Martian – the book, that is. Let me just say, as a university student I probably identified with this book more now than I would have at any other point in my life. The first line is “I’m pretty…

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Getting oriented with Halifax

One of the great conveniences of Dalhousie, and Halifax in general, is that it’s easy to get around. Mic Mac Mall is only a bus ride away, but if you want to enjoy the weather before winter hits, here are a few walkable places near campus. IF YOU LIKE BOOKS: Halifax Central Library, which opened…

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What Dal should read

Something not about North America: I’m suggesting this not because I think some experiences are universal and common to all fiction, but because experiences are not universal. If, as we explored a few weeks ago, a large segment of Dal’s population is international, why not strive to read something other than the Canadian and American…

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Ondaatje speaks at annual lecture

Award-winning author Michael Ondaatje presented this year’s Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture, “Mongrel Art: A Discussion of Literature and its Neighbours,” on Nov. 14 at the University of King’s College. The father of former King’s student Alex Fountain spoke briefly about his late son, who valued inclusiveness above all else. Fountain said the goal with his…

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