(Trigger warning: nightmare-inducing photos ahead) The little I thought I knew about Janis Ian was that she had a Black boyfriend when she was young (and sang about the anguish of racist opposition in Society’s Child), she was an ugly and lonely teenager with acne (as she sang about in At Seventeen) and then some […]
After Pride’s hundreds of thousands of people, after the Black Lives Matter controversy and the hate (no, I will not link to it), after the commentary and celebrations, what remains is still pride in our Gay Village.
The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light is the American history of a Canadian song. Fully titled The Holy Or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”, it traces the tortured beginnings of the song under the ever-working pen of Canadian Leonard Cohen, through its re-imagination by John Cale […]
We headed out to the Royal Ontario Museum to see, among other things, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Coming from the musée du quai Branly in Paris, it explores the 5000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some […]
Tinhara gazed at the fire, throwing on the occasional piece of dung when the flame got too low for her liking. She listened to the two of them talk, smiling and watching her prize. “Why should I have to hide? I have done nothing wrong,” Hadyn protested. Tinhara smirked. “You’re a taksin! A runaway taksin. […]