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Ben Mahony

Playing With Fire by Theo Fleury

I heard Theo Fleury speak at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse last summer during the Adäka Cultural Festival, but hadn’t had a chance to read his autobiography, Playing With Fire, until recently.I finished it...

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The Mystery Man

As we age do we revert to the simpler pleasures of youth? Perhaps all the way to the diaper?The symmetry of the baseball diamond and the unique strategy of this game-of-inches have inspired poets and hooligans alike. As middle...

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Piper at the Gates of Dawn

When “The Pink Floyd” released their 1967 experimental psychedelic classic, Piper At the Gates of Dawn, the term “Swinging London” had just been coined by Time magazine.Art school dropouts and all manner of urban Anglos were...

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The Beauty and Tragedy of Elliott Smith

My van died the day that I learned that Elliott Smith had put a knife through his chest. “Maybe it’s time to lighten up,” I mused.Some songwriters of that generation, and those who came slightly before, couldn’t muster the...

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The Last, Best Guitar Album

Radiohead’s 1995 album The Bends clocks in at just over 45 minutes. I know that because my cassette tape that featured it would cut-off and flip over to “Crooked Rain Crooked Rain” by Pavement halfway through The...

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