Monthly Archives: June 2011


When I travelled to western Africa in 1997 and 1998, the only electronic devices in my backpack were a Canon Rebel SLR camera (with real film!), a cassette recorder, and a bulky Polaroid. The latter two items didn’t last long. Sand from the harmattan winds jammed the mechanics of both the cassette recorder and the […]

June 17


“The fence is a short story,” Nick Semeniuk told me. We were in his house on the edge of Parc-Extension and across the street from the ‘famous’ l’Acadie fence. Nick lived in Parc X most of his life and remembers the day in 1970 when a battalion of Université de Montréal students tore down the […]