Here's a book worth reading.... It's actually an essay written by Ronald Wright that was presented at the CBC Massey Lectures. The fact that it's an essay means it's relatively short, which is great because you can read the whole thing in an evening (like I did).
A Short History of Progress is a candid, sober account of the history of civilizations, essentially repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
I'm not a big history buff, so I was surprised to find myself not being able to put this book down.
Simply put, it blew my mind.
Everyone who's ever been to Montreal know's there are plenty of wonderful French bistros, but O'Thym deserves a special mention. First of all the food is incredible, hands down. Secondly the atmosphere is fun and lively, in the heart of the village. And thirdly, it's a bring-your-own-wine, which lowers the cost of the meal significantly. What else can I say, you just have to try it. O'Thym will not disappoint.
Try the tartare de saumon et puree d'avocats, it's out of this world!
Taken By Trees is the beautiful solo project of Victoria Bergsman. Her music is smooth, soothing and has this haunting ethnic quality that leaves you dreaming of far away lands. Her cover of Animal Collective's "My Girls" is lovely.
You can listen to a few of her songs on her website.
Taken by trees will be playing in Montreal (along with El Perro Del Mar) February 20th at Il Motore.