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Dream States

By John Lorinc
Categories: Cooking

A look at 21st-century city-building. Is the utopian “smart city” within our grasp?

The promise of the so-called smart city has been at the forefront of urban planning and development since the early ...

Rebound

From basketball hoops to cricket bats, the role community sports play in our cities and how crucial they are to diversity and inclusion.

For every kid who makes it to the NBA, thousands more simply seek ...

Made-Up

By Daphne B.
Translated by Alex Manley
Categories: Social Science

A nuanced, feminist, and deeply personal take on beauty culture and YouTube consumerism, in the tradition of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

As Daphné B obsessively watches YouTube makeup tutorials and haunts ...

The Breaks

A profound meditation on race, inheritance, and queer mothering at the end of the world.

In a letter to her six-year-old daughter, Julietta Singh ventures toward a tender vision of the future, lifting ...

Seconds Out

Kicking ass and taking notes—what it’s like to be a woman in the ring.

Alison Dean teaches English literature. She also punches people. Hard. But despite several amateur fights under her belt, she ...

Uncle

From martyr to insult, how “Uncle Tom” has influenced two centuries of racial politics.

Jackie Robinson, President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, O. J. Simpson and Christopher ...

On Nostalgia

From Mad Men to MAGA: how nostalgia came to be and why we are so eager to indulge it.

From movies to politics, social media posts to the targeted ads between them, nostalgia is one of the most potent ...

Any Night of the Week

The story of how Toronto became a music mecca.

From Yonge Street to Yorkville to Queen West to College, the neighbourhoods that housed Toronto’s music scenes. Featuring Syrinx, Rough Trade, Martha and ...

Disfigured

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty?

If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? ...

House Divided

A citizen's guide to making the big city a place where we can afford to live.
Housing is increasingly unattainable in successful global cities, and Toronto is no exception - in part because of zoning ...