Maria Bowler

Creating little worlds

Lake Superior State University — longstanding arbiter of taste and go-to state university for word-banishing — declared the word “epic” banned for 2011. Along with…


Five Questions

Five Questions is a continuing column in which we pose a different artist the same five crucial questions. One: The Manitoban: What substance or activity…


To whom can a girl turn

Like every young, super-fabulous lady in our city, I like certain things: shopping ‘til I drop, celebs, Apple-berry-tinis™, and the glossy women’s magazines they sell…


I just had such a good idea

Attention everyone! You guys! I have the best idea. Oh, that? That is a half-empty bottle of Crème de Menthe. Or half-full, am I right?…


H.I.T.S parade

It is Tuesday evening at the Toad in the Hole on Osborne and everything is as it should be — that is, nothing is out…


Ewww tattoo

Oh geez, this is embarrassing. I’m not entirely sure how to even talk about this. It’s not what you’d call “a fun topic,” but alright,…


Bloody Canadian writers

It was cold and pouring rain in St. John’s when I spoke to author Craig Francis Power from his home in Newfoundland. How appropriate, as…


Hot Panda action

They started making panda porn to show male pandas,” explains Chris Connelly of Edmonton’s Hot Panda, “because they find that in captivity they can’t get…


A record of how I felt then

Middle-class suburbia is not the stuff of legend. As far as its depiction in art is concerned, it is stucco sprawl, vapid and neatly fenced,…


Campus Spotlight: Ignatius Mabasa

A writer and storyteller from Zimbabwe, Ignatius Mabasa has just arrived to the U of M’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) as…