Tikva Hecht
Tikva Hecht is a writer and editor based in Toronto. She received her Masters in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research and was a 2010-2012 Cardozo Law School CJL Graduate Fellow. She's fascinated by subjectivity, communication, pop culture and mass media, and enjoys watching people and movies.

Entries by Tikva Hecht

Why Do You Dismiss Poetry as a "Hobby"? It's a Profession Too

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 7:51 AM

Last week, TIFF premiered Kill Your Darlings, a film about murder, poetry and the coming-into-adulthood of Beat Generation leaders, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Though annual sales of poetry books pale-to-the-point-of-transparency in comparison to movie tickets, Kill reaffirms that the image of the poet as non-conformist and...

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Nehedar's New Album Gets to the Heart of Unemployment Woes

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:21 PM

I'm listening to Nehedar's newly released album, This Heart, and thinking about all my friends who are unemployed. Emilia Cataldo, the singer/songwriter behind Nehedar and a veteran of New York City's anti-folk music scene, wrote the album while struggling with whether to quit, and then being...

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How Honest Is Your Online Persona?

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Last week, the popular online dating site, Plenty of Fish, announced new features to try to weed out fake profiles. Whether you're for or against the gesture, it's difficult to think of the update as anything but that -- a gesture. Maybe back in the jazz age the...

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What's the Point of Thinking Fast if Ideas Are Half Baked?

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 4:32 PM

I saw The Suicide Shop recently while it was playing at the Carlton Cinema. This musical, animated film tells the story of a French couple who run, quite literally, a suicide shop: a store that supplies those planning their own deaths the highest quality tools to do so....

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Taylor Swift Taught me to Start Saying "Never"

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 4:36 PM

The radio's been playing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" over and over for weeks. It's been playing while the bold trees of summer outside my office window begin to bow as if in prayer. It's been playing while dusk methodically annexes evening, planting flags...

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Would You Want to Be Immortal?

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 5:08 PM

If you could live forever, how would that change how you live today?

I've been thinking about this question ever since seeing Lawless. It's one of those party questions, the kind that peppers blind dates or lazy afternoons but, when taken a little more seriously, can also...

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The Dark Knight Rises: Safety Not Guaranteed ...

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

I had planned to write this post after seeing The Dark Knight Rises but I haven't seen it. Not in protest. I've considered going but the thought leaves me... uncomfortable. I don't know if, and to what extent, the movie's to blame for what happened but blame seems too simple...

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Why It's Good to Watch Bad Movies

(5) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 7:23 AM

I like stupid movies. Considering Ted's box office success, chances are so do you. Still, that's not always an easy thing for me to confess. Besides being stupid, these movies are often condemned as artistically vapid, crude, violent, misogynistic endorsements of irresponsible and materialistic lifestyles whose bad influences seep in...

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