Babylon, P.Q.: My messy mailbag

An annual rite, it pleases me once again to present the best (a relative term) of the reader mail Hour received this past year. Enjoy… I know we did. This ...Read more →

There is no forgetting Dec. 6

Babylon, P.Q.: There is no forgetting Dec. 6

There are two things about Dec. 6, 1989, that I know I’ll never forget. First, the large flakes of wet snow tumbling heavily earthward. It was cold and dark and ...Read more →

Give the gift of fish wrap

Babylon, P.Q.: Give the gift of fish wrap

I will dispense with any delaying ado and get straight to the guts of the thing: This is a list of suggested reading. Use it to pad your Christmas list. ...Read more →

The secret agent and the fat Mexican

Babylon, P.Q.: The secret agent and the fat Mexican

Alex Caine, before he became a best-selling author, used to wake up every morning and dress himself in lies. And then he would venture out into a day that, every ...Read more →

A royal pain

Babylon, P.Q.: A royal pain

The scene: It’s 5:25 p.m., Nov. 10, directly in front of the Black Watch Armoury on Bleury St. downtown. At this precise moment, Prince Charles is supposed to be alighting ...Read more →

Somebody light a fire under voters

Babylon, P.Q.: Somebody light a fire under voters

It was kind of a quintessential Montreal night. For me, anyway. Writing alone in the Hour offices last Tuesday evening, trying to get excited about a municipal election almost nobody ...Read more →

The beginning of the end

Babylon, P.Q.: The beginning of the end

From the desk of Don Melville – director of the MBA and master’s programs, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, on Sept. 10 – to students in the master’s of ...Read more →

In the light of day

Babylon, P.Q.: In the light of day

I have a few, let’s say, peccadilloes. Particularities unique to the person I call me. Origami makes me angry. I sleep best in temperatures that would freeze the nuts off ...Read more →

School’s in for winter

Babylon, P.Q.: School’s in for winter

I can feel it. The twist of sickness sitting fitfully in my stomach; the dull panic draped in a pale shade of resignation. It comes saddled on the sudden chill ...Read more →

Ten things you need to know about NASCAR country

Babylon, P.Q.: Ten things you need to know about NASCAR country

I went to North Carolina in the spring and I nearly bought the farm. Not from buzzing around a superspeedway in a bona fide NASCAR at nearly 220 km/h, which ...Read more →

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