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Extra, Extra: Craving cléo, Saying Goodbye to Grand & Toy, and Understanding Ford Nation

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  • The latest issue of Toronto-based feminist film journal cléo is now out! Past issues have focused on themes like “doom” and “flesh,” and this time around, the journal is exploring “crave” through an interview with Eliza Hittman; articles on Don Jon, Her, Fat Girl, Thelma & Louise, Tampopo, and Thin; and a visual essay by filmmaker Gina Telaroli.
  • It feels as if every week another long-established store is shutting its doors. Usually that store sells books, but today it’s a storied stationer that’s announced it’ll be closing up shop—or at least closing up its brick-and-mortar shops. The 132-year-old Grand & Toy will soon exist only online—apparently, a mere three per cent of its sales have been generated by its stores. And while we will miss this mainstay of Toronto’s retail landscape, we have to acknowledge that three is indeed a very small number.
  • If you’d like more insight into Rob Ford supporters—whose enthusiasm for the mayor is matched in intensity only by the antipathy of his detractors—find out what some of them had to say when Jonathan Goldsbie posed the following questions: “If you could ask Rob Ford one question, what would you want to know? What’s the best thing he’s done so far? Has he done anything that’s been disappointing to you? What would you want him to do in the next four years if he gets re-elected? Do your family and friends feel the same way about Ford that you do?”

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