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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

Black History

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

McGill University

The Search for a Slogan

What Hillary, Jeb, Rand and the rest could learn from the history of campaign catchphrases.<p>With the dawn of the new year, the campaigns for president are moving into high gear, at least in private. Strategies are being fine-tuned, consultants and staff are being hired, donors are choosing sides. …


Gucci’s menswear collection defies expectations after Giannini exit

Gucci’s design director, Frida Giannini, left weeks before the brand’s menswear autumn/winter 2015 collection took to the runway in Milan on Monday. Under such challenging circumstances, the design team would have been forgiven for sending out a collection centred on classics. Instead they …


Flares are ridiculous. Pity the desperate designers who bring them back into fashion

<b>So, apparently flares are back this season. Can we now all officially laugh at the fashion industry?</b><p><i>Anonymous, by email</i><p>It is true that some designers are trying to convince people to buy flares again, which everyone knows is a sign of imminent apocalypse. But, on the bright side, it means we can …

Fashion Industry