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Culture

Arts Feature

October 2008

Persepolis

By Patricia Ingold

Director Marjane Satrapi animates her memories of growing up in Iran

Feature

October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

Arts Feature

September 2008

The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect

By Sheryl Spencer

New book examines the religious sect that infringes on human rights

Arts Feature

September 2008

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

By Paul F. McKenna

Writer explores the historical roots of evangelical Christianity

Arts Feature

September 2008

In the World but Not of It

By Aaron McCarroll Gallegos

Stereotypes about American Fundamentalism are challenged in a true story about one family's faith

Arts Feature

August 2008

Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories

By Lee Simpson

Thoughtful essays about the experiences of those who have abandoned conservative Christianity

Arts Feature

July 2008

Full Frontal

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Hollywood has fun at its own expense

Arts Feature

July 2008

In Good Company

By Patricia Ingold

The modern workplace proves poignant and funny

Arts Feature

July 2008

A Mighty Wind

By David Wilson

One of the biggest jokes of all is pop folk music

Arts Feature

July 2008

Ratatouille

By Drew Halfnight

Animated comedy draws on tradition and technology in equal measures

Arts Feature

July 2008

Oprah and Eckhart

By Trisha Elliott

Old teachings inform 'A New Earth'

Arts Feature

June 2008

The Forgotten Woman

By Patricia Ingold

Oscar-nominated film focuses on the plight of widows in colonial India

Arts Feature

June 2008

The Infinite Border

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Central Americans' exodus into the U.S. and Canada is brought to light

Arts Feature

June 2008

Second Sight

By Patricia Clarke

Well-spun tales of Gaelic spectres unfold in new film

Arts Feature

June 2008

At the Death House Door

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A closer look at capital punishment in the U.S.

Arts Feature

June 2008

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma

By David Wilson

New doc about former MSF president casts a passionate eye on the human condition

Arts Feature

May 2008

Toumani Diabaté

By Jocelyn Bell

Malian musician's songs remain sparkling and other-worldly

Arts Feature

May 2008

Andy Palacio

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Belizean singer-guitarist lifts spirits through African and indigenous music

Arts Feature

May 2008

Sonu Niigaam

By Alex Zivojinovic

Mumbai artist fuses Indian classical music and Western-style pop

Arts Feature

May 2008

Cesária Évora

By David Wilson

Cape Verdean vocalist reaches across cultural divide, sings of life’s sorrows and joys

Arts Feature

May 2008

Scorned on the silver screen

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Why does Hollywood hold Christianity in such contempt?

Arts Feature

April 2008

From Liverpool to eternity

By David Macfarlane

New generation embraces the Beatles

Arts Feature

April 2008

For the Bible Tells Me So

By David Wilson

Documentary explores sexuality and religion in America

Arts Feature

April 2008

Ghosts of Cité Soleil

By Patricia Ingold

Documentary focuses on two brothers caught in Haitian slum

Arts Feature

April 2008

The Refugees of the Blue Planet

By Jocelyn Bell

New documentary shows the plight of refugees

Arts Feature

April 2008

Protest with a new beat

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Once again, politically engaged musicians are singing for change. But this time it’s personal.

Arts Feature

April 2008

Route 66 (Box Set)

By Patricia Ingold

Classic drama explores the promise of the open road

Arts Feature

April 2008

Rescue Me (Box Set)

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Comedy series singles out heroes in personal crises

Arts Feature

April 2008

Weeds (Box Set)

By David Wilson

Irreverent series offers poignant observations about family and community

Arts Feature

April 2008

A twist of faith

By Various Writers

Books that will challenge and maybe change

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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