Goaltender, heal thyself

Goaltender, heal thyself

Book review by Daniel Gawthrop posted on The British Columbia Review on November 11, 2022 The Save of My Life: My Journey Out of the Dark
by Corey Hirsch, with Sean Patrick Conboy Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2022
$32.99 / 9781443461092 * It must be hard to write a good topical hockey book these days. The goalposts, as it were, keep shifting on the zeitgeist as Canada’s national sport transforms with every breaking news story. A decade ...
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Get lost, young man

Get lost, young man

Book review by Daniel Gawthrop posted on The British Columbia Review on October 25, 2022 Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas
by Harley Rustad Toronto: Penguin Random House Canada (Knopf Canada), 2022
$34.00 / 9780735279469 * For some readers, stories like this one are a tempting invitation to satire. There is, after all, much fodder for lampoonery in the cautionary tale of an earnest, young, able-bodied, ...
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Rapist, your time is up

Rapist, your time is up

Book review by Daniel Gawthrop posted on The British Columbia Review on June 26, 2022 Victim: A feminist manifesto from a fierce survivor
by Karen Moe (Vigilance Press, 2022)
$24.99 / 9781647044701 * For any new author seeking a large audience for a polemical work, the self-declared “manifesto” is a risky undertaking. Driven by the urgency of singular purpose, a manifesto in the wrong hands can result in the most artless of writing: self-righteous, tone-deaf ...
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Oh, the good new hockey game

Oh, the good new hockey game

Book review by Daniel Gawthrop posted on The British Columbia Review on April 18, 2022 Overcoming the Neutral Zone Trap: Hockey’s Agents of Change
by Cheryl A. MacDonald and Jonathon R.J. Edwards (editors) Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2021
$34.99 / 9781772125795 * To anyone who watches the game with a critical eye, it should not come as news that the mainstream hockey establishment suffers from a hyper-defensive gatekeeper mentality. For too long now, the ...
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A one-man freedom convoy

A one-man freedom convoy

Book review by Daniel Gawthrop posted on The British Columbia Review (formerly the Ormsby Review) on February 25, 2022 man@the_airport: How Social Media Saved My Life. One Syrian’s Story
by Hassan Al Kontar New Westminster: Tidewater Press, 2021
$23.95 / 9781777010188 Given the staggering human toll of the civil war in Syria since 2011 — half a million dead, more than six and a half million internally displaced, another five and a half million fleeing ...
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Permanent military rule might just be a fact of life for Burma

Permanent military rule might just be a fact of life for Burma

Commentary by Daniel Gawthrop posted on straight.com (Georgia Straight) on February 1, 2021     In the face of international outrage over this week’s military coup in Burma, the country’s generals no doubt see a moral advantage they didn’t have in 1990 when they refused to hand over power to the National League for Democracy after losing that year’s elections by a similar landslide: it’s hard to take Western calls for due process seriously when ...
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A Queer Love Story celebrates Jane Rule and Rick Bébout's platonic intimacy

A Queer Love Story celebrates Jane Rule and Rick Bébout’s platonic intimacy

Review by Daniel Gawthrop published in the Georgia Straight July 26, 2017

A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout
Edited by Marilyn R. Schuster. UBC, 650 pp, hardcover On October 24, 1994, an arthritic and wheelchair-bound Jane Rule made her long-awaited appearance in B.C. Supreme Court as an expert witness in Little Sister’s bookstore’s epic legal battle with Canada Customs. Rule’s testimony was big news: here was a seldom-seen ...
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Query Project: The Writer's Room

Query Project: The Writer’s Room

Published in Plenitude - Your Queer Literary Magazine Feb 23, 2015 Daniel Gawthrop (New Westminster) Commenting on a favourite gay novel: “Reading Alan Hollinghurst is a guilty pleasure on par with eating foie gras: you know you probably shouldn’t—the very idea seems decadent and passé, redolent of neocolonial tastes—but oh, how the finer notes linger on the palate. “Hollinghurst’s class-conscious novels, which typically explore some aspect of failed nostalgia for the British Empire, offer delicious ...
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Defying the Politics of Hate

Defying the Politics of Hate

Octogenarians from opposite ends of Myanmar's religious divide offer a progressive example with their friendship SPECIAL TO THE NATION - May 9, 2014 YANGON—In Myanmar these days, it is often said that the only obstacle to genuine democracy is the older generation: those who remember the 1962 coup, served under the military dictatorship, and continue to cling to old ways of thinking. Get the geriatrics out of the way, it is said, and real change ...
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Not so fast, Your Holiness

Not so fast, Your Holiness

Pope Benedict XVI wants out. Who will hold him accountable for his sins against humanity? By Daniel Gawthrop Posted in The Tyee on February 11, 2013 For all his predictability as a cleric and thinker, Joseph Ratzinger—the man everyone knows as Pope Benedict XVI—has always retained a capacity to surprise. And this morning’s announcement that he is stepping down as pope on February 28 certainly qualifies as a humdinger. Even his Vatican aides were “incredulous” ...
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