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Exploded Views

Exploded Views is a series of probing, provocative essays that offer surprising perspectives on the most intriguing cultural issues and figures of our day. Longer than a typical magazine article but shorter than a full-length book, these are punchy salvos written by some of North America's most lyrical journalists and critics. Spanning a variety of forms and genres – history, biography, polemic, commentary – and published simultaneously in all digital formats and handsome, collectable print editions, this is literary reportage that at once investigates, illuminates and intervenes.

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A Matter of Taste

How farmer's markets and organic produce became synonymous with 'good food' and why they shouldn't be.How did farmer's markets, nose­to­tail, locavorism, organic eating, CSAs, whole foods, and Whole ...

Haircuts by Children

A cultural planner's immodest proposal: change how we think about children and we just might change the world.

We live in an ‘adultitarian’ state, where the rules are based on very adult priori- ties ...

Hard To Do

From Jane Austen to Taylor Swift, a look at the surprising politics of romantic love and its dissolution.

Whatever the underlying motives – be they love, financial security, or mere masochism – the ...

Curry

No two curries are the same. This Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do.

Curry is a dish that doesn't quite exist, but, as this hilarious and sharp ...

The Last Word

A lively examination of why the modern eulogy should rest in peace.

Finding the right words to reckon with a loved one’s death is no easy task, and the pressure to grieve in a timely fashion only makes ...

Closer

SHORTLISTED FOR THE KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE
GLOBE AND MAIL BEST OF 2016
CBC BEST OF 2016
NATIONAL POST BEST OF 2016
QUILL & QUIRE BEST OF 2016
QUILL & QUIRE COVER OF THE YEAR

We think of the modern woman ...

You Only Live Twice

YOLT explores two artists’ lives before and after transitions: from female to male, and from near-dead to alive.

The unspoken promise was that in our second life we would become the question to every ...

Men of Action

After his father, Saul, undergoes brain surgery and slips into a coma, Howard Akler begins to reflect on Saul's life, the complicated texture of consciousness, and Akler's struggles with writing and his ...

Bright Eyed

By RM Vaughan
Categories: Social Science
Series: Exploded Views

For forty years, RM Vaughan has been fighting, and failing, to get his forty winks each night. He's not alone, not by any stretch.

More and more studies highlight the health risks of undersleeping, yet ...

Theatre of the Unimpressed

How dull plays are killing theatre and what we can do about it.

Had I become disenchanted with the form I had once fallen so madly in love with as a pubescent, pimple-faced suburban homo with braces? Maybe ...