Stan Persky teaches philosophy at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C. He's also the author of many books, including: Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009 (McGill-Queen's, 2011); Robin Blaser (New Star, 2010; with Brian Fawcett); and The Short Version: An ABC Book (New Star, 2005; winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize). He is the recipient of the 2010 B.C. Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.
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Stories by Stan Persky
An excerpt from Stan Persky's new book 'Post-Communist Stories.'
Notes on Christopher Bram's 'Eminent Outlaws' and the love that dared to write its name.
The BC Civil Liberties Association turns 50 this week. A supporter celebrates, recognizing some limits, too.
What happened when the German Nobel prize winner criticized Israel's stance on Iran.
'Professor X' writes a fun account of toiling on the academic farm. But his thin-the-herd thesis needs polishing.
'Stop the presses' used to be the reporter's cry of joy. Now it's a memo from accounting.
Three top US economists say nothing's really been fixed. But where's the political will to do what's needed?
As I mourned a personal hero lost in the Polish plane crash, volcanic dust taught us about business and morality.
America is a defeated dream ruled by oligarchs who tame the populace through fakery, writes Chris Hedges. How real is his nightmare?
Nino Ricci's portrait of a young, brainy boobie. Worth the acclaim?
George Stanley's remarkable, conflicted ode to his 'city of death, city of friends'.
The Nobel Prize economist would, for now, nationalize the banks.
Is the young book reader going extinct? Does it matter?
He reinvented film for 'children of Marx and Coca-Cola'. Then we ignored him.
Tony Judt's tough history lessons for Israel, Tony Blair and Washington's deluded warriors.
Why she is wrong that too many kids go to college.
Notes on the Nazi bonfire, 75 years later.
This book is for the living; the dead don't need it.
New book argues that the US state of mind is irrational, dumbed down. How about ours?
He gave us this: We can't know truth. But we can press for justice.
Notes on media, violence, and the G-8 demo in Rostock.
Simple pleasure, book club pressure or life explained?
A Vancouver author's book shows Nazi thinking on race remains surprisingly relevant today.
Postcard from World Cup-fevered Germany.
We must start connecting our astonishing losses of both culture and nature, argues Terry Glavin.
My friend's fading sight left him with irony or suicide. He chose to write.
Oddly, he can't afford to really say what he'd change.
Why I don't agree we should teach evolution, pure and simple.
Be real. They’re not against same sex marriage. They’re fighting same sex sex.
The cartoony ad icon pops up in famous places, thanks to Vincent Trasov's absurdist pen