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Harley J. Sims

Harley J. Sims is a writer and independent scholar living in Ottawa, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto, as well as an M.A. and B.A. from Carleton University.

A lover of languages and their ability to craft worlds, he has published various articles, chapters, and reviews in scholarly and popular publications in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. At home, he is a literary and linguistic contributor to national television and radio programs. A proud husband, father, and weightlifting enthusiast, Harley can be reached on his website at, where many texts and video clips can also be found.

Denial kills you twice: Canada’s response to terrorism
3 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, Islamist attacks, security
Some people cannot and will not accept that Canada has been attacked by Islamic terrorists.

Taking the “mother” out of Mother Earth News
4 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: childlessness, environmentalism, nature
An article on living childfree seems an odd choice for a back to nature magazine.

Living in the past
17 Dec 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, literature, Middle Ages
What’s behind our love affair with the Middle Ages?

Riding the coattails of Harry Potter
27 Aug 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling's foray into detective fiction is entertaining if undistinguished.

Favourite books of 2012
18 Dec 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, books, literature, reading
Looking for a good read over the Christmas holidays? A late present? Look no further.

75 years of The Hobbit
7 Dec 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien, literature
J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative adventure has become the gold standard of children’s literature.

The Victims’ Revolution
9 Nov 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, higher education
In a new book a gay writer pens a powerful indictment of identity studies as dogmatic cults.

The Casual Vacancy
22 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harry Potter, literature
J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults is a sprawling, dark, misanthropic tale about the worst kind of Muggles.

Donner and Blitzen! Where’s my pipe?
8 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: censorship, literature, smoking
A publisher bowdlerises familiar verses to produce a non-smoking Santa for the edification of children.

A geek lesson about sensitivity
20 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: censorship, gender, language, race
If the language sensitivity police are right, one of the most expressive words of the tech revolution should be banned.

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