Vancouver Special

TitleVancouver Special
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMcDonald, RAJ
ISBN Number0005-2949
KeywordsBook reviews, Books, Race relations

In a series of essays rhat explore the neighbourhoods, people, recent trends, and "sundry civic idiosyncrasies" that for him define Vancouver, Demers offers a personal reading of the city that dips occasionally into the distant past but mainly focuses on the period since Expo '86, which he considers the city's "most important experiential borderline." The satirical insights of the stand-up comedian stand out particularly in the second half of the book where Demers moves from place- and group-specific subjects to more general themes such as "nature," "pot," "crime," "dogs," and what he calls Vancouver anarchism, or "Vanarchism."