Review: Strength of Conviction

Strength of Conviction
Strength of Conviction by Tom Mulcair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent, much better than I anticipated.

While it was obviously written with the current election campaign in mind, I was impressed by Mulcair’s depth of experience, and the palpable passion with which he writes of the indignities done to Canada’s First Nations, and the difference in the way non-bilingual legislation was resolved in Quebec and Manitoba (for each of which he was an active participant).

Highly recommended however you are leaning politically this year.

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Review: Bones on Ice

Bones on Ice
Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I noticed another review of this excoriated the mini-novel phenomenon, but sometimes there’s not enough plot to justify a full-length novel. If I were putting together an argument in favour of novellas, I would adduce this book: an author and protagonist with whom I’m familiar, an interesting premise, deftly served, and not purporting to be anything else.

Well done, Kathy Reichs. Now, when is it Kindle is delivering your new full-length novel?

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I will not have sex with you: Reflections on Coming of Age in a Culture of Rape


Powerful; excerpt/takeaway: “America is just like Sodom and Gomorrah.

It is.

But not because of the homosexual community. It is like Sodom and Gomorrah because of the complete and unquestioned acceptance of sexual violence that is a foundational part of our culture.”

Originally posted on revtiffanythomas:

I went to a college that had extremely close ties with Bill Cosby. I spent nearly all four years studying and learning in a building that was named for him because of his generous endowment to my institution. My school has recently decided to cut all ties with him. Upon reading the report of their separation with Cosby, I have been reflection on how painful, and shocking, and deeply disturbing it is to hear the many testimonies against him, accusing him of sexual violence of all sorts.

I have been equally pained, shocked, and deeply disturbed by hearing the rhetoric that has been pouring out in support of Cosby:

What would Bill Cosby want with those hoes?

He didn’t rape them, they wanted it.

Why would they come to his house/hotel if they didn’t know what was about to go down?

And on and on, I have heard men…

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