Hooking Up

By CHARLES MANDEL Hooking UpBy Tom WolfePicador, 2001. 293 pages Tom Wolfe has talent to burn. That much is clear from his new collection of essays, Hooking Up. But his greatest talent may be for self-promotion. One thing becomes increasingly evident as you

Promises to aid development are empty

Pledges by “have” countries to help the “have-nots” are almost all talk and no action, new research shows.  Since 2003, when a Washington-based think tank started an index to measure development policies by wealthier countries, “the scores for aid, migration, trade and

New Liberal leader in Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland – The Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party elected Dwight Ball as their new leader following an election designed to make it easier for more people to participate. Ball had been interim leader since Yvonne Jones quit to run and

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

By CHARLES MANDEL Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkBy Ben FountainEcco, 307 pp., $28.99 It takes a particular kind of genius to set an entire novel around a football game’s halftime show. Sure, the halftime extravaganzas at the large NFL games offers lots

A hacker goes to jail

By Deborah Jones The case of Jeremy Hammond, who victimized a private American security firm, is yet another the stranger-than-fiction tales of global surveillance, activism and espionage being churned out lately in the United States. Hammond, a self-described American anarchist, was sentenced in

Gorden Pinsent

  Canadian actor, Gorden Pinsent, today, during rehearsals for tonight’s performance of A Lion Among the Ladies: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mendelssohn’s incidental music (Op. 21/61) with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in St. John’s, Newfoundland and their Master Works Series.

Labour’s freedom of expression trumps privacy, rules court

By Deborah Jones A union’s right to freedom of expression trumps people’s privacy rights in union disputes, Canada’s top court ruled today, in a constitutional case involving complaints against a union that photographed workers crossing picket lines. The Supreme Court of Canada decision

F&O reports on the Google/Authors Guild war

By Deborah Jones   Google won a skirmish today in the exhausting copyright war between the company and the United States’ Authors Guild, over Google’s project to digitally scan the world’s books. The guild maintains that Google Books violates the copyright of authors –

Goliath, 1 — Creators, 0

By Deborah JonesPublished November 14, 2013   Google won a skirmish today in the exhausting copyright war between the company and the United States’ Authors Guild, over its Google Books project to digitally scan the world’s books. The guild maintains that Google is violating copyright

A Crowbar In The Buddhist Garden: Writing From Prison

By JOYCE THIERRY LLEWELLYN A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden: Writing From Prison.Stephen ReidThistledown Press, 168 pp. “If you find a pink vibrator washed up on a beach you might laugh and walk on by. But when you find a pink vibrator