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February 2014

WATCH LIST: February 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2014

Original sin

By Julie McGonegal

Forget your sanitized history. Author Joseph Boyden reminds us that this country was built on violence.

Arts Feature

January 2014

WATCH LIST: January 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2014

Mythologies of war

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A new wave of documentary filmmakers avoid platitudes as they explore the enigmas of conflict

Arts Feature

December 2013

WATCH LIST: December 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2013

Prime-time pastors

By Lee Simpson

Minister characters often tend to be caricatures. But these screen clergy offer more faithful depictions of men and women of the cloth.

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: November 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

The billionaires’ club

By May Warren

As the gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us expands, authors and filmmakers call for change

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: October 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

Crash course

By Larry Krotz

Recent books help make sense of the 2008 collapse. But the global financial system continues to run amok.

Arts Feature

September 2013

WATCH LIST: September 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2013

Thomas King’s moment of truth

By Julie McGonegal

In his latest book, the celebrated Native author turns to non-fiction. Some of it is storytelling. The rest is history.

Arts Feature

July 2013

Biblical blockbusters

By Chantal Braganza

Hollywood is churning out new versions of scriptural tales, but the best adaptations offer complex characters facing real-life problems

Arts Feature

July 2013

WATCH LIST: July/August 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

WATCH LIST: June 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

The smoothing effect of middle age

By Lee Simpson

The 'Up' series documents the lives of 14 ordinary Brits, filming them every seven years. At age 56, the cohort is getting nicer.

Arts Feature

May 2013

WATCH LIST: May 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2013

Wild, organic and killed by you

By Pieta Woolley

A new generation of environmentalists argues that hunting for meat is not only Earth-friendly and ethical, it’s spiritual too

Arts Feature

April 2013

WATCH LIST: April 2013

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Arts Feature

April 2013

Silver hair on the silver screen

By Patricia Clarke

Compelling stories about old age are finally making their mark at the movies. But do they always have to be about loss?

Arts Feature

March 2013

WATCH LIST: March 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

March 2013

The sweet hereafter

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent depictions of heaven and hell go well beyond fluffy clouds and fiery infernos

Arts Feature

February 2013

The end of news

By Larry Krotz

Cash-strapped and scandal-ridden, many media outlets have squandered their most valuable asset: the public’s trust

Arts Feature

February 2013

WATCH LIST: February 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

January 2013

WATCH LIST: January 2013

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

January 2013

Playing God

By Kate Spencer

Fictional takes on the Supreme Being ultimately reveal more about the human soul than the Divine

Feature

December 2012

WATCH LIST: December 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Feature

December 2012

Made for you and me

By Muriel Duncan

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this year. Decades after his death, his songs of hope and protest continue to echo.

Arts Feature

November 2012

WATCH LIST: November 2012

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

November 2012

Revenge so cold it numbs

By Therese DesCamp

It’s payback time on two popular TV shows that blur the line between good and evil

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New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Observations

by Jocelyn Bell

We’ll miss you, David Wilson

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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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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