Of Pandemics and Papineau

As Montreal tentatively lifts some of its restrictions in the face of the COVID pandemic’s second wave, it is worth looking back at the city’s previous experience of epidemics. In 1832, Montreal, along with much of north America, was dealing with the second wave of the cholera epidemic. Here the politician Louis-Joseph Papineau is writingContinue reading “Of Pandemics and Papineau”

Seen: Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last by Ryan Gander

  Is Ryan Gander laughing or screaming? He offers straight-faced parody of such perfect pitch, I find it impossible to tell.  Almost as impossible as distinguishing boredom from daydreaming by the expression on a child’s face. And therein lies the parody: no minister for Business Innovation and Skills would allow either in the classrooms, notContinue reading “Seen: Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last by Ryan Gander”

“Look up for once. See just how the sun sets in the sky”

The other week I was talking with a student about how forms of transport shape our thinking when I said that I was coming to the conclusion that the only way off the island of Montreal was by plane. My student’s surprise at this statement was understandable as we were on the eleventh floor ofContinue reading ““Look up for once. See just how the sun sets in the sky””

How To Make a Mountain Disappear, or Montreal Spring Watch Continued

In my last post I said I was keeping a deliberate eye on spring, it being so crazy here that it can induce that feeling that one may have blacked-out for the duration. Then the view was rather grim: no snow and no leaves. At the time, I suspected that the tree outside my windowContinue reading “How To Make a Mountain Disappear, or Montreal Spring Watch Continued”