The Walrus

18 articles
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Playing Chicken

Antibiotics made modern farming possible. But as “societal drugs,” their use by any individual affects us all.

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The Secret Life of Max Stern

The Nazis stole his family’s paintings, but Max Stern escaped and became one of Canada’s leading art dealers. Now, 20 after his death, he is changing the rules of restitution.

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The Trials of Philip Halliday

The story of a naïve fisherman, a boat headed for Spain and 1.5 tons of cocaine.

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The Talk

What happens when you target sex ed at boys?

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The Story Behind the Rob Ford Story

The unmuzzling of Canadian journalism.

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Boy Next Door

Growing up in a Toronto suburb while a serial rapist is on the loose.

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Body and Soul

On disability, adolescence and friendship after a paralyzing accident.

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The Marineland Dreamland

On disposing of a dead sea lion, and the pitfalls of memory.

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The Meaning of White

A mother struggles to cope when a child is born with albinism.

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Manufacturing Taste

The history of Kraft Dinner, Canada’s “de facto national dish.”

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On Tipping in Cuba

Colonialism, the convertible peso, and the strange dance between the cheap beach tourist and the tour guide tout.

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Approximate Directions to a Burial

A son chronicles his father’s death:

My father's mortician was a careless barber. Stepping up to the open casket, I realized too much had been taken off the beard. The sides were trimmed tidy, the bottom cut flat across. It was a disconcerting sight, because in his last years, especially, my father had worn his beard wild, equal parts loony chemist and liquor store Santa. The mortician ought to have known this, I thought, because he knew the man in life. My father — himself the grandson of a funeral home director — would drop by Davey-Linklater in Kincardine, Ontario, now and then for a friendly chat. How's business? Steady as she goes? Death was his favourite joke.