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Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 5)

By the end of the nineties, my obsession with conspiracies was being replaced by a greater sense of awareness in my own politics. I took an interest in current affairs, started watching The West Wing and followed with rapt disbelief the 2000 election victory of George W. Bush. Did I not see a conspiracy inContinue reading “Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 5)”

Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 4)

In creating a counter-myth that would take down the sacred cow of the Warren Commission, Oliver Stone would also have to counter the sacred cows of filmmaking that had made him a darling of Hollywood. For the director, this meant that JFK would chart a course for the unknown and fundamentally change the way heContinue reading “Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 4)”

Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 3)

My fascination with conspiracy theories would be accelerated by that other paranoid milestone of the 90s: The X-Files. I can still recall with absolute clarity that fateful Friday night in September of ‘93; a slow creeping revelation that I wasn’t just watching some sci-fi show about UFOs but something far deeper. The X-Files, and theContinue reading “Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 3)”

Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 2)

It’s easy to look back on the last thirty years and dismiss paranoia-as-pop-culture as something that’s always been present. But it’s simply not the case. It owes a narrative debt to film like Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View and of course, All of the President’s Men. But there is no mistaking thatContinue reading “Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 2)”

Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 1)

There is a moment in the movie JFK (1991), Oliver Stone’s opus on the investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy, where the film pauses from the pace of its narrative and points the attention of the protagonist squarely upon the viewer. Taking place mere moments before the credits roll, District Attorney Jim Garrison—played byContinue reading “Through the Looking Glass: The Culture of Conspiracy in JFK (Part 1)”

Down Ontario Highways

This blog is taken from a Facebook post I wrote in reaction to the recent story of Greyhound Canada ceasing all operations. As you can see, it stirred up some memories. I am a child of the road. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, my family took regular road trips from Ottawa to TorontoContinue reading “Down Ontario Highways”

Fandom-fuelled youth

You might be wondering where it all began for me. Why this story? Why role-playing? Why vampires and wizards and LARP? As you already know, I’m a huge geek. And, as I said before, playing Dungeons and Dragons was in my blood from a very early age. Like most people I know, I started atContinue reading “Fandom-fuelled youth”

Welcome to the shadows…

What if I told you there was an epic story being told entirely in the shadows? What if this story featured sinister vampires and devious wizards? And what if these supernatural creatures were also the people you knew or the people you loved? Real life is always stranger than fiction. Case in point, Live ActionContinue reading “Welcome to the shadows…”

Steps on a Journey

By now, you’ve heard the story. The legend, really. Shakespeare wrote the masterpiece of King Lear at the height of the Black Plague. And, if you’re like me, this legend rang in your ear when the pandemic first began. So many of us (at least those with the privilege of doing so) were in theContinue reading “Steps on a Journey”


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