Michael Elves

Essentially a play list

It may have been more than 15 years since I was there, but the memory of a year living in Japan has remained with me…


Essentially a play list

Change is afoot in the Middle East, and while Hosni Mubarak finally saw the light and acceded to the protestors call to resign, Libya is…


Remembering Nodar

I’m in the process of reading VANOC CEO John Furlong’s memoir of the 2010 Olympics, Patriot Hearts, and certainly one of the central events in…


Essentially a play list

It’s February now. And as the days grow longer, there’s more of the harsh light of day shining on the broken promises in your life…


Essentially A Playlist

Well I was all set to write about resolutions and promises for this playlist, in keeping with the ones we all seem to make at…


Essentially a playlist

I’ve just finished reading Charles Foran’s mammoth biography of one of my literary heroes, Mordecai Richler. Privy to Richler’s private papers, held by the University…


Essentially a playlist

So it turns out the editor-in-chief of this here publication has created an “Essentially A Playlist” YouTube account with videos to accompany my selections for…


Essentially a playlist

I just recently finished reading a great new book from former Winnipegger Alissa York. It’s called Fauna and, amongst other things, it’s a book about…


Essentially a playlist

With the recent Flatlander’s Beer Festival and the calendar about to bring us the annual gift of Oktoberfest, naturally a (not so) young man’s thoughts…