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Pucks and pages: A reading list for the NHL playoffs

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The NHL playoffs start this week, and will continue throughout the spring and into early summer. With hockey on TV every night between now and June, why not pair the nights’ games with some good hockey reads? We’ve matched each round of the postseason with one of the best books on the sport, creating an easy reading list to last you until the Cup is awarded in June. Quarterfinals: The...

Musical hockey, the dark side of kitsch, and classic Canadian TV: Bookishness, Jan. 21, 2013

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MOCCA is alright Starting Feb. 1, Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art will be showing “ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art From Britain.” The exhibition’s works portray “allusions tothe grotesquely beautiful and explor[e] the darker side of kitsch… reveal[ing] a trend of disillusionment with contemporary British society.” Find out what all that means with a perusal of paintings by Boo Saville, one...

Charles P. Pierce’s Sports Guy

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Reviewed in this essay: Sports Guy by Charles P. Pierce. Da Capo Press, 2000. The stock image of a sportswriter is of a person wearing an ugly shirt, with strong opinions on football defences and who writes recaps of games that all seem to come from the same script: who won, who lost, who scored the big goal. Charles P. Pierce is not that kind of sportswriter. Over the last 20 years, he’s written...