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[PHOTO] Eleven photos of Eliot’s Bookshop, Toronto

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Eliot’s Bookshop, located the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley at 584 Yonge Street. Since my first visit to Toronto in 2002, and long before then for others, Eliot’s has been a centrepiece of Toronto’s used book market, the three stories of the building being packed with used books of all kinds spilling off their shelves. How sad, then, that rising property taxes on Yonge mean that Eliot’s will have to close up shop, the owner of the building and the bookstore hoping to find a more profitable business to take over his lease.

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Written by Randy McDonald

September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

[NEWS] Four National Post links: Nootka Island, satanic panic, Iceland volcanoes, Norton anthology

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  • An unethical Victoria psychologist and his vulnerable patient helped spark the Satanic panic of the 1980s.
  • There seems to be a romance to the life of the lighthouse keepers of Nootka Island.
  • The Icelanders are watching very carefully for signs of the next big volcanic eruption. (Tourists are a concern.)
  • Who can forget all the different Norton anthologies of literature? I still have mine. The National Post remembers in a brief piece.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams notes the latest on fast radio burst FRB 121102.
  • D-Brief makes a good case for the human diet to expand to include insects. I’d like to try an insect burger myself.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some wonderful photos of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting up to 1% of stars could capture, at least temporarily, rogue planets.
  • Hornet Stories–the new name for Unicorn Booty–notes the latest shake-up in German-language LGBTQ media.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares a thoughtful essay by Christa Blackmon, drawing from her experiences as a survivor of Hurricane Andrew. How do you best take care of child survivors?
  • The Map Room Blog links to a fascinating-sounding book, Alastair Bonnett’s new Beyond the Map.
  • The NYR Daily reviews a documentary about the Venerable W, a Buddhist monk in Burma who has led anti-Muslim violence.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers the way forward for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the search for Texas barbecue in Mexico City.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Charley Ross reports on an unexpected personal involvement in the disappearance of Kori Gossett. Did an informant know?
  • Citizen Science Salon reports, in the time of #sharkweek, on the sevengill sharks.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to an article on the Chinese base in Sudan.
  • Inkfish has a fascinating article describing how New Zealand’s giant black swans went extinct, and were replaced.
  • Language Hat notes two obscure words of Senegalese French, “laptot” and “signare”. What do they mean? Go see.
  • Language Log argues that the influx of English loanwords in Chinese is remarkable. Does it signal future changes in language?
  • Lawyers, Guns Money notes how Los Angeles and southern California were, during the American Civil War, a stronghold of secessionist sentiment, and runs down some of the problems of Mexico, including the militarization of crime.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on what books by which authors tend to get stolen from British bookstores.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer suggests that Donald Trump is not likely to be able to substantially reshape NAFTA.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports from the recent protests in Poland against changes to the Supreme Court.
  • Understanding Society takes a look at the structure of the cities of medieval Europe, which apparently were dynamic and flexible.
  • Unicorn Booty shares some classic gay board games.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that Russia is going to try to wage a repeat of the Winter War on Ukraine.

[NEWS] Four culture links: the Metro book fairy, Transformers, the 13th Doctor, and the alt-right

  • CBC Montreal notes how Andrée Archambault has been leaving books on the Montréal Metro for commuters to find.
  • CBC’s Jonathan Ore notes the (perhaps surprisingly) innovative Transformers comics put out by IDW.
  • At The Conversation, Una McCormack writes about how the 13th Doctor being played by Jodie Whittaker fulfills her childhood dreams.
  • At The Globe and Mail, Russell Smith examines why the alt-right hates cultural experimentation and innovation so much.

[NEWS] Five links about queer culture, from our history to our presence today

  • As VICE notes, it is terribly frustrating that we still have to fight to make sure others do not lie about our queer lives.
  • Julia Carpenter at the Washington Post tells of “Lisa Ben”, the Hollywood secretary who started a periodical for lesbians back in 1949.
  • VICE tells the story of how a young man from Fort McMurray became the Fringe-headlining drag star Beardoncé.
  • There is something to Jason Chen’s article at The Cut praising the idea of the GLBTQ-themed book club as a venue.
  • Brandon Taylor’s Lithub essay arguing that queer literature must represent the extremes of queer experiences moves me.