Literature

St. Augustine, painting by Antonello da Messina c. 1472, Italy.

Summer Reading: Vacationing with Saint Augustine

August 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  S. Augustine’s Confessions do not repeat DO NOT make for light summer reading but there are times when one must do what one must do, so the Confessions have been on my agenda for the past while. It all started with Stephen Greenblatt’s article in the June 19/2017 issueRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

August 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

Glace Bay Revitalization You will not be able to tell from this article, but I am working busily behind the scenes trying to piece together the timeline on the Glace Bay Revitalization project — not the 20-year timeline attached to the actual project but the months-long timeline attached to theRead More

Richard Keshen: ‘Reasonable Self-Esteem’ Revisited

Richard Keshen: ‘Reasonable Self-Esteem’ Revisited

June 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Reasonable Self-Esteem by Richard Keshen, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Cape Breton University (CBU), was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 1996 to critical acclaim, including laudatory reviews in major academic journals like Ethics and Mind. The book sold out, not a frequent occurrence with academic works, and thisRead More

Letter to the Editor: When They Knock, Ask About the Library

Letter to the Editor: When They Knock, Ask About the Library

May 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Dear Editor, It seems less and less frequent that we receive knocks on the door with people on the other side who want to have face-to-face conversations. Rare is the opportunity to look someone in the eye rather than through a screen and talk about things that matter. It’s electionRead More

Ed's Books and More, Sydney, NS (Photo via Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/edsbooksandmore/)

Ed’s Books: A Steelworker’s Next Chapter

April 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Ed’s Books and More on Charlotte Street in Sydney is a secondhand bookstore with wildly varied stock and many labelled bookshelves in lots of sections—rooms, corners, alcoves, a dead-end book alley. Last Wednesday, while I was there for this article, I almost collided with a customer hectically emerging from theRead More

Letters to the Editor: Kudos for Coverage

Letters to the Editor: Kudos for Coverage

April 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Margaret Young of Sydney writes: Thank you, Dolores Campbell, for your article on the mission begun by the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1885, now to be carried on — much altered, of course — by New Dawn. At the official announcement made by the premier, I was disappointed, althoughRead More

New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation

Convent As Arts Center? It Always Was…

April 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

It definitely wasn’t yesterday, but I vividly remember my mother guiding me through the door at the back of Holy Angels Convent and down the stairs to the gymnasium (a room larger than my six-year-old self had ever seen). Grade two was just across from the gym, and down theRead More

The McConnell: Upstairs and Down

The McConnell: Upstairs and Down

April 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

Librarians, in my experience, are often bearers of good news. For example, last year, while spending a day in the country, I dropped into the local library just to have a look around. The librarian was friendly and helpful, and not only informed me that I could borrow items thereRead More

Cape Breton Stories, Yours for the Asking

Cape Breton Stories, Yours for the Asking

April 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

Having lost several hours last week browsing the online archive of Cape Breton’s Magazine, I was pleased to hear from Ron Caplan, the founder of that publication, about his latest venture. Caplan’s Breton Books has (with the help of Canada 150) created an eBook called Great Cape Breton Storytelling and,Read More

Stained-glass window, McConnell Library, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Spectator photo)

The McConnell: More Than a Library

April 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm

It’s still a wonder to me that I can, from home or anywhere with internet access, go to the Cape Breton Regional Library’s website and search all Nova Scotia public library catalogs for a particular book I want to borrow, or just browse the collections to find something interesting, makeRead More