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The many faces of Bill MurrayOur own Steve Murray (no relation) provides an illustrated, narrated guide to Bill Murray’s prolific acting career, from Ghostbusters to Garfield natpo.st/1iJ4IKm

The many faces of Bill Murray

Our own Steve Murray (no relation) provides an illustrated, narrated guide to Bill Murray’s prolific acting career, from Ghostbusters to Garfield natpo.st/1iJ4IKm

Happy 300th birthday, Extremely Bad Advice!Steve Murray has now had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people live their lives to the max while destroying their enemies. To celebrate this occasion, here is some of his best advice for life in general: http://natpo.st/1hQ2UjA
Illustration by Steve Murray

Happy 300th birthday, Extremely Bad Advice!

Steve Murray has now had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people live their lives to the max while destroying their enemies. To celebrate this occasion, here is some of his best advice for life in general: http://natpo.st/1hQ2UjA

Illustration by Steve Murray

Here’s the real Johnny Carson
Robert Fulford: Susan Forward, a California therapist, has made her reputation writing pop-psychology bestsellers about Men Who Hate Women, Toxic Parents and similar afflictions of family life. It’s odd to see her name crop up in a show-business memoir, Henry Bushkin’s Johnny Carson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), but her point of view fits snugly into the melancholy but compulsively readable story that Bushkin tells: natpo.st/1eghTnk[Illustration by Steve Murray]

Here’s the real Johnny Carson

Robert Fulford: Susan Forward, a California therapist, has made her reputation writing pop-psychology bestsellers about Men Who Hate Women, Toxic Parents and similar afflictions of family life. It’s odd to see her name crop up in a show-business memoir, Henry Bushkin’s Johnny Carson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), but her point of view fits snugly into the melancholy but compulsively readable story that Bushkin tells: natpo.st/1eghTnk

[Illustration by Steve Murray]

Extremely Bad Advice: Bitcoin FeverDear Cyber-Steve, Please explain bitcoin to me. What can I buy with bitcoin? Is it just a new way to score drugs online without having to go to my offline dealer? (Because he lives really far away in a really shady part of town, but the Internet is, like, everywhere, man.) Do the ladies like bitcoin? Help a bit-brother out.

Extremely Bad Advice: Bitcoin Fever
Dear Cyber-Steve, Please explain bitcoin to me. What can I buy with bitcoin? Is it just a new way to score drugs online without having to go to my offline dealer? (Because he lives really far away in a really shady part of town, but the Internet is, like, everywhere, man.) Do the ladies like bitcoin? Help a bit-brother out.

Community is back Feb. 7, and to celebrate, Steve Murray has whipped up some handy-dandy Avatars for your personal use

Click here for the full roster: natpo.st/XkrOMy

Extremely Bad Advice: The Smoking Fun
Dear Steve, I love to smoke. I remember when non-smokers were few and far between – the good old days. Of course, Health Canada has demonized the smoking community, so now I find myself surrounded by non-smokers. Here’s my question: I am soon having a party and know that a significant number of guests are non-smokers. Is it socially acceptable to allow smokers to smoke freely in my home at the party, knowing that the clean-air freaks will likely feel choked? Or do I cave to their health-obsessed neuroses and make it a smoke-free party?
Find out the answer here: natpo.st/Xo8hdK

Extremely Bad Advice: The Smoking Fun

Dear Steve, I love to smoke. I remember when non-smokers were few and far between – the good old days. Of course, Health Canada has demonized the smoking community, so now I find myself surrounded by non-smokers. Here’s my question: I am soon having a party and know that a significant number of guests are non-smokers. Is it socially acceptable to allow smokers to smoke freely in my home at the party, knowing that the clean-air freaks will likely feel choked? Or do I cave to their health-obsessed neuroses and make it a smoke-free party?

Find out the answer here: natpo.st/Xo8hdK

A brief, illustrated history of Quentin TarantinoFrom Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, U.S. director Quentin Tarantino has joined the canon of great filmmakers with his distinct — if hyper-violent — filmic style. We take a look at his filmography, in a handy illustrated format. Click through for some history on the Tarantino film in which each character stars! (Illustration by Steve Murray)

A brief, illustrated history of Quentin Tarantino
From Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, U.S. director Quentin Tarantino has joined the canon of great filmmakers with his distinct — if hyper-violent — filmic style. We take a look at his filmography, in a handy illustrated format. Click through for some history on the Tarantino film in which each character stars! (Illustration by Steve Murray)

What can’t be published: A month-long effort to document a sexual assault led to a detailed, engaging piece too difficult to read Currently, Toronto women are living in fear. There are perpetrators of sexual assaults prowling multiple neighbourhoods. As the number of victims increase, I feel the familiar pulse of fear growing in the people around me, a frenzied hysteria disturbingly similar to that of that era I deeply researched while secluded in my cabin in the woods. And just like the newspaper reports of the ’80s and ’90s that surrounded the Scarborough Rapist, there is a slew of misguided commentary on how women can prevent themselves from being “easy targets.” Women are consistently asked to be “aware,” as if they aren’t already aware every hour of every day.Words are being used to dictate what women wear, how much they drink, what hours of the night they are allowed to travel in. It is more than 20 years since Paul Bernardo’s gruesome Scarborough attacks, and the conversation still hinges on what women should do to protect themselves. It has become tedium, this multiple-decade standard hum of complete disregard for a woman’s reality. When police “encourage women to be vigilant,” they fail to recognize that women are already living in a constant state of vigilance that is no way to live, under the ceaseless threat of violation, by a stranger or by someone they know. All these years and words and we have failed to learn that no amount of prescribed costume changing or behavioural policing will ever change that.(Illustration: Steve Murray/National Post)

What can’t be published: A month-long effort to document a sexual assault led to a detailed, engaging piece too difficult to read
Currently, Toronto women are living in fear. There are perpetrators of sexual assaults prowling multiple neighbourhoods. As the number of victims increase, I feel the familiar pulse of fear growing in the people around me, a frenzied hysteria disturbingly similar to that of that era I deeply researched while secluded in my cabin in the woods. And just like the newspaper reports of the ’80s and ’90s that surrounded the Scarborough Rapist, there is a slew of misguided commentary on how women can prevent themselves from being “easy targets.” Women are consistently asked to be “aware,” as if they aren’t already aware every hour of every day.

Words are being used to dictate what women wear, how much they drink, what hours of the night they are allowed to travel in. It is more than 20 years since Paul Bernardo’s gruesome Scarborough attacks, and the conversation still hinges on what women should do to protect themselves. It has become tedium, this multiple-decade standard hum of complete disregard for a woman’s reality. When police “encourage women to be vigilant,” they fail to recognize that women are already living in a constant state of vigilance that is no way to live, under the ceaseless threat of violation, by a stranger or by someone they know. All these years and words and we have failed to learn that no amount of prescribed costume changing or behavioural policing will ever change that.
(Illustration: Steve Murray/National Post)

Overheard at TIFF
Throughout the Toronto International Film Festival, Steve Murray will be illustrating his favourite candid lines from parties across the city.

Celebrity spotting at TIFF: A field guideNot sure what to do when you see your favourite star in the wild? Steve Murray can help, from how to approach to identifying each celebrity’s distinctive call.

Celebrity spotting at TIFF: A field guide
Not sure what to do when you see your favourite star in the wild? Steve Murray can help, from how to approach to identifying each celebrity’s distinctive call.