Archive for the ‘Writers’ Category

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) By Michael Dirda, Critic, October 10, 2018 “Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner” has been for me, and will be for many others, the most intellectually exhilarating work published in 2018. In roughly 1,000 letters, mainly from the 1960s and ’70s, two of the great literary polymaths of the second […]


What do Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, media theorist Marshall McLuhan and Canadian popular culture have in common? This is the question that Mark A. McCutcheon seeks to answer in his new book, The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology, published in 2018 by Athabasca University Press. In this unique and penetrating analysis, McCutcheon […]


Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016) This posting is obviously not about Marshall McLuhan, but I feel confident that the late great media visionary would approve. B.W. Powe, who was a student of McLuhan at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1978 in his last offering of his English 1000 graduate course, Media & Society, […]


Monday Night Seminar Poetry: The Still Point of the Turning World LOCATION: McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, 39A Queens Park Crescent                       East off 121 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 Monday Night Seminar: Monday, February 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM  Description: Join Toronto’s poet laureate Anne Michaels […]


By David Houle, April 8, 2016 (Thanks to Martin Speer for sharing this article) I have often been asked how I became a futurist. A part of the answer is that, starting in my 20s, I read works by three people who, in my mind, were the greatest futurists of the last third of the 20th century: […]


 Harold Innis (1894 – 1952)  My thanks to Phil Rose for pointing out this important media ecology resource. From David Cayley’s Website: For more than thirty years (1981-2012) I made radio documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas series. The most recent of the more than 250 programmes remain available on the Ideas website, but the rest languish […]


Monday Night Seminar –  Métis Ideas – What will matter tomorrow? With John Ralston Saul interacting with Dominique Scheffel-Dunand Monday, December 7, 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM Location: The Coach House, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto   JOHN RALSTON SAUL, essayist and novelist, is Canada’s leading public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time […]


 By David Tereshchuk , Print, broadcasting & web journalist; Author, ‘The Media Beat’ The November issue of Vanity Fair carries an in-depth and mostly laudatory portrait of that legendary giant of an American writer, Tom Wolfe. It’s an 11,500-word piece by Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, Flash Boys and other impressively crafted investigative works. The article, How Tom […]


A Review by B. Andrew Paskauskas, Toronto, April 7, 2015 On the back pack page of Where Seas and Fables Meet: …, we read that B.W. Powe is first and foremost a philosopher; followed by poet, novelist, and essayist. The ordering is fitting because here, in his latest contribution to world literature, Powe forges in […]


Marshall McLuhan and Tom Wolfe: both writers, both astute observers of modern humanity, and both public figures whose work has, over the years, enjoyed high fashionability and endured high unfashionability. You might think the connection between them ends there. But when the 100th anniversary of McLuhan’s birth and the centennial-celebrating site Marshall McLuhan Speaks came about, whose eloquent introduction […]