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Culture

Arts Feature

January 2009

Big Love

By Jocelyn Bell

A polygamist family navigates moral dilemmas, social codes and expectations for TV audiences

Arts Feature

January 2009

Generation Kill

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Docudrama about the Iraq War shows the humanity of U.S. soldiers

Arts Feature

January 2009

Curb Your Enthusiasm

By Patricia Ingold

Seinfeld creator's minor annoyances become major issues in this hit HBO series

Arts Feature

December 2008

The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus

By Sara Jewell

Drawing a clear line between what Christians want from faith and what God wants from us

Arts Feature

December 2008

How Jesus Became Christian

By Foster Freed

New book about Jesus counters more standard portrayals

Arts Feature

December 2008

Jesus Made in America

By Mark Giuliano

Writer untangles the historical weave of a uniquely American Jesus

Arts Feature

December 2008

The Jesus Sayings

By Janet Silman

Author sheds light on how the Gospels came to be written

Arts Feature

December 2008

The Third Jesus

By Donna Sinclair

Deepak Chopra offers a practical way to achieve “God-consciousness”

Arts Feature

November 2008

Constantinople

By Gregg Redner

A Canadian composer melodically brings two worlds of music together

Arts Feature

November 2008

A Mennonite Tapestry

By Brad Ratzlaff

A West Coast choir provides a glimpse into the Mennonite experience of faith, pilgrimage and journey

Arts Feature

November 2008

In the Pipes

By Tammy-Jo Mortensen

Made-in-Alberta CD offers a vast array of compositions for the church

Arts Feature

November 2008

Legends

By Steven Peacock

Canadian Brass’s newest release delivers on both technical and artistic fronts

Arts Feature

November 2008

Circle of Compassion

By Frances Pollet

Canada’s foremost choral ensemble shows compassion and consolation on new album

Arts Feature

November 2008

Gospel music has sold out

By David Wilson

The financial success of contemporary gospel performers only underscores the genre’s weakness

Arts Feature

October 2008

The Counterfeiters

By David Wilson

Austrian Holocaust film pits moral courage against survival

Arts Feature

October 2008

La Vie en Rose

By Drew Halfnight

Biopic about singer Edith Piaf reveals her troubled personal life

Arts Feature

October 2008

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

By Jocelyn Bell

Brazilian film tells a touching truth about coming of age

Arts Feature

October 2008

City of Men

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Director Paulo Morelli reveals the beauty and treachery of Rio de Janeiro’s slums

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

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

A perfect send-off

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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