Mark Leiren-Young

Canadian Government Passes Science Test

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In yet another sign that Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have a very different approach to drugs than the previous government, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott yesterday toured Insite, the long-standing supervised injection site on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and called the experience “incredibly moving.” – CBC News Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo says science will determine not only which areas of Canada’s oceans the government will designate for protection, but also what development, if any,...

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Eating Pizza and Slicing up Capitalism with Michael Moore

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When I did my amazing gig last year as a guest lecturer at the University of Victoria I was asked a few times about my fave celeb interviews. One of the first that always comes to mind… Michael Moore… and not just because he fed me lunch. I was covering the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for The Georgia Straight and my editor wanted a straight story, minus any first person anecdotage. It’s in their archives and it focuses on Moore’s fondness for Canada, eh. But when Melora Koepke heard about my interview she...

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Shylock review: Edmonton Sun

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EDMONTON FESTIVALS Review Fringe 2015: Shylock BY COLIN MACLEAN, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015 09:59 AM MDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015 10:01 AM MDT Shylock Photo by Gordon F. McKenzie Garneau Theatre It is sad to think that the issues of political correctness actor John Huston brought up in his SHYLOCK when it first played here a decade or so ago, have not only continued but have blossomed in our time like a malignant flower. The work is much updated and remains a riveting piece of thought-provoking theatre...

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Crossing the Line: You Can’t Say That!

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Crossing the Line: You Can’t Say That!

Mark Leiren-Young’s Southam lecture on Comedy, Censorship & Sensitivity in the 21st Century In 1991, I found myself in the middle of an international free speech firestorm after CBC radio’s flagship show Morningside censored my radio drama, Dim Sum Diaries . This Tuesday, almost 25 years later, CBC radio broadcasts my 2015 Southam lecture: You Can’t Say That!? Comedy, Censorship and Sensitivity in the 21st Century. Ideas has combined the lecture I delivered at the University of Victoria last October with an interview with host...

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Dirty Books

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Dirty Books

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Shylock review: Winnipeg Free Press

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In this intelligent, provocative, powerful one-man show, Toronto-based John D. Huston does masterful work as Jon Davies, a Jewish actor playing the moneylender Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. The contentious production has just been shut down over accusations of anti-Semitism, and Davies holds a “talkback session” with the audience to defend his work. With a script by Mark Leiren-Young, the 90-minute work is packed with ideas about history, identity, censorship and the nature of art. As Davies speaks about the...

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Prolific writer chronicles big trouble in little city

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Prolific writer chronicles big trouble in little city By Tom Hawthorn (From the Globe and Mail, Nov. 26, 2008) Mark Leiren-Young finds trouble. Or, rather, trouble finds him. He writes a radio play exploring racial attitudes and is accused of racism. He writes a stage play about Shakespeare and censorship and anti-Semitism and not everyone gets the point. He writes political satires, and we all know how satire is a universal language of respect and understanding. So, you might be forgiven for thinking he has adopted as his first name the...

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Finding the Funny

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A guest post on writing for Gail Anderson-Dargatz  Being gloomy is easier than being cheerful. Anybody can say, “I’ve got cancer” and get a rise out of a crowd. But how many of us can do five minutes of good stand-up comedy?” – PJ O’Rourke If you check any personal ad or dating site the first thing on everybody’s wish list is “sense of humour.” Okay, sometimes the first thing is “non-smoker” but still… For most people “sense of humour” is a “must” quality in someone they’re looking to spend time with. It’s also a decent way to convince...

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Mark Leiren-Young talks Magic Secrets with The National Post

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Mr. Dress-Up: Mark Leiren-Young chronicles his days in costume By Vanessa Farquharson June 3, 2013  Mark Leiren-Young’s very first assignment as a costumed entertainer was to dress up as a gorilla, make his way to a radio DJ’s birthday party in the conference room of a downtown Vancouver hotel, then start uttering an assortment of rude noises and sniffing people’s pant legs. “People go crazy when you sniff their pant legs,” said his boss, at the time. “Oh, and if you see a bald guy, rub his head.” He did as he was told – it was true, everyone...

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The Book that Changed Your Life (for The Georgia Straight, 2013)

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WORD VANCOUVER The book that changed your life: Mark Leiren-Young This year, the Word on the Street festival returns with a new moniker—Word Vancouver—and a hugely varied schedule that runs at venues around town from September 25 to 29. As part of the runup, we asked some of the writers on the bill to tell us about the reading experiences that shaped them. Which book left deep impressions early on? Which one overhauled the way they see and think about the world, and set them on a path to a literary life? Here’s what Mark Leiren-Young told us....

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