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Amtrak Blues: A Journey Across America

My second night in Denver, I skipped dinner in favour of a smooth $10 cigar. Crossing right leg over left on a bench in the 16th Street Mall—the city’s downtown commercial strip—I enjoyed a long smoke and listened to the music swell from one of the many painted pianos on the tree-lined central median. Lightheaded… Keep Reading

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Sex Games

On average, Canadians have sex 150 times a year, placing us fourth in the world. From that initial come-hither glance to the frustrating rules and the gratifying end, The McGill Tribune explores our obsession with one of the nation's favourite pastimes. You gots to be a playa, man" proclaims Master P.
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FEATURES: Of plants and patents

Monsanto Canada Inc. will go to court on January 15 to settle a case with four farmers who allegedly illegally grew, harvested, and sold products developed from patented Monsanto seeds. The McGill Tribune contacted the farmers involved, but none were willing to comment before they go to court.
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FEATURES: The e-death of the novel?

It's likely that the average McGill student reads more words per day off of a computer screen than from in his or her books. Material for essays, labs and other class work are readily available on a number of databases - the most useful of which are even paid for by McGill.
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FEATURES: Shh…trashy books no longer a dirty little secret

When the Beatles sang about "the dirty story of a dirty man," who longs to be a "Paperback Writer," they accurately depicted the stereotypes that still surround popular genre fiction. You know the type; you might even know it intimately. Trashy romance novels, fantastical sci-fi, horror stories, detective mysteries, even the more highly acclaimed chick lit and dick lit genres fit into this category.


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FEATURES: It’s sexier to write in Montreal

Writing is like sex. There's that playing around with ideas before hand, the ejaculation of ideas on paper, and in one sweeping moment of inspiration the climax (of the story) comes, bringing everything to an end soon after. So why is it so much better to "do it" in Montreal? What is it about this city that makes it a great place for writers? After all, The Quebec Writers' Federation dubbed Montreal the World Book Capital in 2005.
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FEATURES: Reaching literary climax in Montreal

Do you use your extra spending money to buy books you may never get around to reading? Can you envision yourself 40 years from now spending three fourths of the day in your lavish mahogany library? Do you stroll along bookstore shelves just to "browse" and end up buying three unnecessary items? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have a clinical obsession with books.
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FEATURES: Advice from a former starving artist

Force your foot in the door, says Alex Grossi, and while she could be talking about any job, she is referring to television screenwriting. A lucrative and highly interesting position, screenwriting for TV has taken off in the past decade as the number of channels looking for the next "hit show" has expanded exponentially.
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FEATURE: Party on, Quebec!

Montreal is a politically charged city in a politically charged province; even the most insulated McGill ghetto resident knows that. When put to the task, it is a good bet that most students could also tell you a bit about Quebec's beef with Canada, Canada's beef with Quebec, and do a half-decent impression of Jean Chretien (hint: as you're talking, move your mouth like you are, in fact, chewing beef).
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FEATURE: Sainte-Catherine did…what?

During a drunken night out on the town, no one thinks to question the political affiliation of his or her favourite street. Enjoying the bars on St-Denis? You might be promoting a military regime. Walking along Stanley? You could be a potential colonizing bastard.


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