Dr. Peter, and the Hard Work of Legacy Building

Dr. Peter, and the Hard Work of Legacy Building

Posted on thetyee.ca, September 27, 2010 Heroes are complicated and none is perfect. Case in point: the famed AIDS Diary doctor.
By Daniel Gawthrop This month marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable event in local television news broadcasting: the debut on CBC's Evening News of AIDS Diary, a five-part miniseries -- later a weekly segment -- that introduced viewers to Peter Jepson-Young, a 33-year-old medical doctor suffering from AIDS who would one day become ...
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Books: Then We Take Berlin by Stan Persky

Books: Then We Take Berlin by Stan Persky

Books: Then We Take Berlin by Stan Persky
SUGGESTIVE READING / Postmodern genre-bender still sizzles Posted on xtra.ca, April 15, 2010 In each issue, a prominent literary Canadian recommends a queer-authored book. In this installment, non-fiction writer Daniel Gawthrop recommends Stan Persky’s Then We Take Berlin: Stories from the Other Side of Europe (Knopf Canada, 1995). Shortly after Then We Take Berlin’s release, a rather obtuse Globe and Mail critic had this befuddled response: ...
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Burma’s generals go scot-free

Burma’s generals go scot-free

COMMENT: Burma’s generals go scot-free Nonintervention lets the world’s worst dictatorship terrorize with impunity. By Daniel Gawthrop Published in the Georgia Straight on October 4, 2007 As September drew to a close, the world watched with increasing revulsion as protests led by Buddhist monks against the brutal dictatorship of Burma were violently crushed by the same military thugs the protests were aimed at. TV coverage of jubilant marches gave way to scenes of tear gas, ...
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Death of a Liberal Delusion

Death of a Liberal Delusion

Review of Ian Burma’s Murder in Amsterdam, posted on thetyee.ca on November 2, 2006 Provocateur Theo van Gogh's murder wasn't the only ugly end in Amsterdam.
By Daniel Gawthrop On November 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was riding his bicycle to work on a cold and dreary autumn morning in Amsterdam when a stranger rode up beside him on another bike, pulled out a gun and shot him in the stomach. Van Gogh ...
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Flash and Burn Outlaws

Flash and Burn Outlaws

Published in the Fall 2006 edition of the quarterly Vancouver Review, and posted on thetyee.ca on October 19, 2006 WRITERS FEST: South Asian gangster life the stuff of two new novels, one set in B.C.
By Daniel Gawthrop What is it about British publishers and their obsession with street lingo? The hype surrounding Londonstani, a debut novel that won its 29-year-old author a $632,000 (Cdn) advance and a splashy global marketing campaign, focused mainly on ...
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Adam & Steve Forever

Adam & Steve Forever

Daniel Gawthrop: Adam & Steve Forever How far have we come? Well, I've gone from closeted to queer opponent of gay marriage to preparing my wedding. By Daniel Gawthrop Posted on thetyee.ca on December 10, 2004 When I first heard the news that the Supreme Court of Canada had affirmed same-sex marriage rights—thus paving the way for Paul Martin's Liberal government to formally legalize queer marriage—the fact it was all happening on December 9 seemed ...
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One Too Many for the Gipper

One Too Many for the Gipper

Posted on theTyee.ca on June 7, 2004 It’s not whether George W. Bush measures up to Ronald Reagan. It’s that too many Americans think Reagan’s legacy is worth celebrating. By Daniel Gawthrop [Editor’s note: Steve Burgess’s article comparing George W. Bush unfavourably to Ronald Reagan, on the occasion of Reagan’s death, drew a number of responses.] Steve Burgess is a darned good humourist, and consistently so. Which is why I was a little disappointed by ...
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In The Thrall of the Passionate Buddha

In The Thrall of the Passionate Buddha

Posted on theTyee.ca on April 19, 2004 He spooks official China; he enraptures Goldie Hawn. How to explain the impact of the Tibetan spiritual leader? By Daniel Gawthrop Every time Tenzin Gyatso—better known as His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama—lands in a Western country, two kinds of stories abound. The first is political: will the country’s presiding leader grant an audience with His Holiness, thus incurring the wrath of the Chinese government (which on one ...
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Miracle Whip and Cuban Salsa

Miracle Whip and Cuban Salsa

Posted on dooneyscafe.com on February 11, 2004 Daniel Gawthrop explains why he can’t bring himself to shell out $11.50 to see Hollywood’s latest hockey metaphor for jingoistic porn. Last week was a busy one for the spin doctors of our national sport. First the CBC, playing the Janet Jackson/Nipplegate card, decided to muzzle “Hockey Night” loudmouth Don Cherry because of outrage over his francophobic comments on “Coach’s Corner”. (A seven-second tape delay and a federal ...
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Hockey night in Chiang Mai

Hockey night in Chiang Mai

Published in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday, March 15, 2003 By Daniel Gawthrop BANGKOK—On the surface, it has all the elements of a classic Thai scam. A Canadian drifter claiming to be related to a famous hockey personality shows up in Bangkok and sweet-talks his way into a coaching gig with the new Thai national ice hockey team. He’s supposed to report to training camp in Chiang Mai, the mountainous northern city where the team ...
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