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Daily Xtra‘s Jeremy Hainsworth notes the end of an era in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s iconic gay bookstore Little Sister’s has been sold.
Jim Deva and Bruce Smyth opened the store in 1983, when they had trouble finding gay books for sale anywhere else.
Within two years, Canada Customs agents were seizing their shipments, leaving the store’s shelves increasingly bare and jeopardizing its very ability to survive as a business. Undeterred, the couple fought back and very publicly took Canada Customs to court.
The court battles that ensued spanned nearly two decades, as Little Sister’s championed gay voices, challenged censorship, fought for our stories and sexual freedom and became a key community gathering space in Vancouver.
But now it’s time to sell, Smyth tells Daily Xtra.
Friday night, I watched Star Trek: Beyond with my friend Jonathan and was pleased. This film, third in the reboot series, easily felt the Trekkiest of the three, and the most fun of the three. The plot works (compliments to star and co-writer Simon Pegg), all the major characters got development, canon was referenced without overpowering the plot, and Beyond at its best did capture a sense of wonder. The film’s relative underperformance aside, I would say it promises good things for the future of the franchise.
I am a fan. In recent years, my participation has been limited to reading the tie-in fiction of the Star Trek expanded universe, since that’s all we’ve had since the end of Enterprise a decade ago. I am quite excited by the impending Toronto-filmedseries Discovery. Showrunner Bryan Fuller’s reputation, that of the writers he is bringing with him, and the promises he has made about settings and representation, promise good things.
What do you think? Does Star Trek still have a future? Or do you think otherwise? This is the fiftieth anniversary of the franchise, after all. Is it time for something new?
What say you all?