Alex Manley

  • Drink the Kool-Aid

    Cult MTL Springs Up to Fill the Mirror’s Void

    Montreal, forget what your mama told you. It’s time to join a cult—Cult MTL.

  • Nah’msayin?

    The Future of Weather

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to too much Nost-orious D.A.M.U.S. lately, but I can’t help but start to worry about the future—specifically, the future of the weather.

  • Failing the Test

    Alison Bechdel and the Cult of the Filmic Man

    There’s this recurring motif to conversations about films that they don’t actually matter and what goes on in a movie isn’t important—it’s just a movie. It’s not real life.

  • The Link’s Annual Women’s Issue

    First things first—we have made incredible gains. Let us not deny that; let us not forget that, or denigrate that. The women and men who have come before us have brought us to a good, solid place. In many ways, women and men in North America right now are exactly equal.

  • How to Keep Friends and Not Alienate People

    Five Secrets of Highly Successful Strikers

    These are troubling times, my friends.

  • Editorial

    “Socially Responsible” Indeed

    There’s been some talk in the press lately about students who are pro-tuition hike.

  • Nah’msayin?

    The Tyranny of St. Valentine

    I come to tell you of a great tragedy, one that has gone undiscussed, unrevealed to the public eye for too long. For decades innocent humans have suffered under the tyranny of St. Valentine, their pain untalked about in the media, their misery shunned.

  • A Trail Through the Digital Mountains

    Montreal Artist Jon Rafman to Give FASA Talk

    Two decades into the Internet era, more writing, more photographs, more video, music and art than could ever be consumed in a lifetime now get created—and uploaded—in a week or so.

    Rather than attempt to create new and engaging art in the pretense of a vacuum, artists are now increasingly embracing the clutter, and creating by interacting directly with the mountains of data we produce, and re-contextualizing it.

  • Mega-Explode

    What Reactions to U.S. Gov’t’s MegaUpload Takedown Say About the War on Digital Piracy

    The day after the Jan. 18 Wikipedia-led symbolic blackout in protest of the American Congress’s imminent vote on the Stop Online Piracy and Protect Intellectual Property Acts, the American government took down Megaupload.com.

  • A Metra Hive of Slush and Villainy

    Get Lost in Metraville’s Footnotes & Alleyways

    The modern city is a confusing, dangerous and ultimately illogical place—and the modern Canadian city, doubly so.

  • No to Movember

    Share the Funds, Shave the ‘Stache

    The whole ‘Movember’ thing is cute and all, but can we stop and be real about it for a second? Movember is a movement to celebrate North American guys not practicing basic facial hygiene for a month in order to raise money towards saving a group of extremely privileged people—themselves.

  • The Oakland Moment

    The Protesters, the Press and the Cop with the Kitten

    Up until last week, here’s what I knew about Oakland: It’s in California. It’s across the Bay from San Francisco. And it’s the home of Major League Baseball’s A’s, aka the Athletics, whose team colours are green and gold.
    That’s it.

  • Fight for Your Right to Poetry

    Mile End Poets’ Festival to Occupy the Main

    In a world where Occupy protests are popping up in public spaces around the globe like revolutionary seedlings, a group of Montreal poets is out to occupy St. Laurent Blvd. this week—but their demands aren’t necessarily about international finance.

  • Editorial

    Bring Bodies to the Board Room

    Concordia’s Board of Governors seems to think they’re stuck in some sort of 28 Days Later scenario. I think they picture a Concordia campus void of students; building after building empty, wind whistling through unoccupied desks, blackboards gathering dust.

  • Poets en Masse

    Poetry Event Aims to Change the World

    In the popular imagination, poetry is often conceived of as a solitary activity, featuring a degree of self-involvement that borders on egomania. On Sept. 24, however, poets across the world will be involved in an event that will challenge both of those assumptions.

  • Nah’msayin?

    McGill Frosh Must Die

    It’s that time of year again. McGill frosh.

  • Editorial

    Students Could Use $35,000, too.

    The process of raising children is one fraught with opportunities for disaster. Milk gets spilled, swear words get learned and occasionally, the wrong lessons get taught. When your kids catch you telling them to do one thing, while you yourself are doing another, you may have to pull out the trusty buffalo gun of hypo- critical parenting: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

  • Short Like a Butterfly, Brief Like a Bee

    Salvatore DiFalco’s Strange The Mountie at Niagara Falls

    When people get down to debating where to draw the border between poetry and prose, books like Salvatore DiFalco’s The Mountie at Niagara Falls and other brief stories will certainly get caught in the crossfire.

  • Still Warm From the Prize

    Giller Prize-Winner Johanna Skibsrud Returns to ConU to Read

    If you were living under a rock back in November, or perhaps under a stack of term papers and library books

  • 2011 English Awards Wrap-Up

    Lit Nerds Take Home Books, Cash Prizes, Future Play Performances for Their Hard Work

    On Friday afternoon as the second of two, at times heated, CSU election debates wrapped up in the Hall building, the 2011 Concordia English Awards ceremony