Montgolfiere Weekly

An exploration of culture in its many forms


December 2016

Carrie Fisher

By Amy Flora

I don’t doubt there will be a proliferation of these stories. I’m sure, across this galaxy near and far, far, away, there will many women who yearn to tell their Carrie Fisher story.

Many moons ago, I watched The Blues Brothers with my father. When Carrie appears as the jilted woman, I remember my father turning to me and saying, “that’s princess Leia.” Much like the appearance of Aretha Franklin in that film, it took me years to appreciate the full force of her presence, her limited screen time near irrelevant in the face of the full force of her personality. Continue reading “Carrie Fisher”

Something to read

By Patricia Lightfoot

Two books that I found particularly engaging this year have a Ukrainian theme. The first one, Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov (translation into English by George Bird. Really.), is set in post-Soviet Ukraine, where writer Viktor Alekseyevich is trying to make a living. He is engaged to write the obituaries of notable citizens,“…deputies and gangsters, down to the cultural scene — that sort of person — while they’re still alive,” that is, before a series of untimely deaths takes place. Continue reading “Something to read”

Lessons learned: A clothes-free year, part 4

By Barbara Sibbald

In just a few weeks, my year will be up and I will be free to buy clothes. Free, but not inspired. I won’t be reverting to my old habits. A year of self-imposed doing without has made me a reformed and better-informed consumer. If you too want to save money and time, while still dressing well, then my lessons learned might be of interest. Continue reading “Lessons learned: A clothes-free year, part 4”

Soundtrack for a century: Philip Glass and the modern world

By Carolyn Brown

In Philip Glass’s tenth symphony, the insistent trumpeting of the high tones and the sombre knelling of the low tones conjure scenes from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis or Alex Grasshof’s Future Shock. The whirlwind acceleration of technology, the unease of globalization, cultures and cities swept away by violence — Glass’s music gives sonic form to the twentieth century. Continue reading “Soundtrack for a century: Philip Glass and the modern world”

Phänomenologie des Kraftbiers

By Pat Rich

Recently I was contemplating Hegel and the end of history, something I had not done since my university days. This was prompted not by existential angst but by a recent article in The Globe and Mail – and not one of the profound musings of Margaret Wente, but rather a piece in the Living section.

The article described how a small microbrewery in Seaforth, Ontario — Half Hours on Earth Brewery (the name itself evidently taken from the lyrics of a now-defunct New York rock band) — has turned to music lyrics to name its beers. Continue reading “Phänomenologie des Kraftbiers”

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