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Sturgeon: The Primordial and the Fish

Karen Solie’s “Sturgeon” explores the titular fish as it lives in a prairie river, focusing on one specific encounter being captured by the persona. But the sturgeon is more significant than just a mere fish—it represents a primordial nature that must confront a growing humanity. There are hence two aspects of the sturgeon, the primordial and the fish, allowing Solie to show the conflict with humanity on both a metaphysical and metaphoric level, as well as a physical and literal level, resulting in a complete understanding for the reader.

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McGill Orgy

“I propose an actual orgy. We’ll get a hotel room near campus, some champagne, condoms, lube and make a night of it.”

It started eight months ago, with a post on the online community of /r/mcgill.

A newly created account, under the imaginative name of mcgillorgythrowaway (now deleted), made a text post asking the two thousand /r/mcgill members to join him in an orgy.

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In the Shadow of the Soviet Structures: Transformation Crisis in Russia and Europe

The transition from communism to capitalism following the revolutions of 1989 was unprecedented.1 Generally speaking, post-Communist states suffered a transformation crisis in moving from state socialism and a planned economy to a free and global market, resulting in hyperinflation, unemployment, and lower standards of living. Why was this?

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