All that is necessary for the survival of the fittest

is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar--Grace Paley

Juliet Waters

Juliet Waters
Montreal, Canada
August 01
Montreal based writer, book critic, single mom. Currently working on a book about a year learning computer programming. Visit me, or


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MAY 30, 2012 9:42AM

My Code Year, Things Being More Equal Than Others

It will soon be six months since I started my Code Year pledge with

I’m still going strong. Haven't missed a week.  I’ve even started beta testing a few courses ahead of time. But this doesn’t mean that learning to program has been easy.… Read full post »

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APRIL 18, 2012 9:49AM

Knowing the Password

Last week my eleven-year-old son’s yahoo mail account was hacked.  Ben’s on Facebook and doesn’t e-mail very much, so fortunately his list of contacts was small.  Because he doesn’t have any bank accounts or credit cards, I guess I’ve procrastinated explaining
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AUGUST 8, 2011 7:12AM

The End Of Quitting

dad smoking

My dad, smoking on TV. April 29, 1970. Les Archives de Radio-Canada, Sociétè Radio-Canada. 

I recently discovered a 1970 television clip of my dad on a Montreal political panel discussing the birth of the separatist Parti Québècois. Of course he’s smokin… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 8, 2010 6:42AM

"In Treatment" recap, Jesse and Adele finale

A therapist once said to me that people come to therapy mostly just looking for a new reason to blame their parents. Once they've found it they usually quit. The real work of therapy only starts then when you discover that holding your parents responsible for your problems really doesn’t solve… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 7, 2010 7:16AM

In Treatment recap, Sunil and Frances week 7

As much as I’ve been anticipating the Sunil finale all week, I’ve also been dreading it. All season I’ve been resenting how our prejudices towards Sunil, the dark skinned stranger from a complex vaguely understood country, have been exploited and manipulated. I’ve grown fond o… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 1, 2010 6:40AM

"In Treatment" recap, Jesse and Adele week 6

It’s hard to tell what’s true with Jesse.  He meets one of Paul’s patients in the waiting room and lies to her, telling her that he’s from Milwaukee, and that he’s here to celebrate his birthday with his uncle Paul.  In Paul's office  he sings happy birthd… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 30, 2010 6:58AM

"In Treatment" recap, Sunil and Frances week 6

Paul is surprised to see Julia in the waiting room. “You obviously weren’t expecting to see the wicked, insensitive daughter-in-law,” she says bitterly.  Paul notices she has a bandage on her arm.  This, says Julia, is from an argument in which Sunil pushed her, she lost h… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 24, 2010 7:18AM

"In Treatment" recap, Jesse and Adele week 5

As I suspected, Paul’s casual discussion of Max in his therapy session with Jesse a couple of weeks ago has had unfortunate consequences.  It’s encouraged Jesse to feel like part of the family, which may be why he feels entitled to impulsively show up at Paul’s apartment at 10:… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 7:15AM

In Treatment recap, Sunil and Frances week 5

Tonight there are no glimpses into Paul's life. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe so that we can start the Adele session on the same sexually charged note it ended last week? Or maybe because Paul’s problems will seem pretty inconsequential next to Sunil who is going increasingly mad with… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 7:13AM

"In Treatment" recap, Jesse and Adele week 4

It's raining hard outside Paul's office. Real hard. 

Poor Jesse. He's been working so steadily on getting everyone to abandon him and now he’s practically drowning in love. Roberto's been helping him with his math homework (like Paul helped Max earlier in the week). Marissa's gone into a… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 16, 2010 7:04AM

In Treatment recap, Sunil and Frances week 4

Week four opens with Paul helping Max with his homework. Patiently he explains the simple genius of Pythagorean theory (that the square of the hypotenuse is the sum of the square of each of the remaining two sides.)  Max gets it. Father and son connect. It would seem that the Weston… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2010 6:27AM

In Treatment recap, Jesse and Adele week 3

This week we've seen Paul off his game. He pushes Sunil too far too fast. He’s asleep when Frances arrives for her appointment and confuses her with her sister. With Jesse he makes his worst mistake of the week, not just as a therapist, but also as a father. He tries… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2010 7:09AM

In Treatment recap, Sunil and Frances week 3

Sunil has been watching “Survivors” (sic). As he explains to Paul over tea, this is a show about “two groups of American citizens” who willingly endure hardship and humiliation while women walk and jump “around naked. Almost naked, practically naked, without being naked.… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2010 7:20AM

In Treatment recap, Jesse and Adele week 2

In Paul's final session with Gina he'd just met Wendy, and was optimistic about having met a woman with whom me might talk about something other than therapy, "like a book!" As we learn tonight Wendy is pretty much over. Not really because Paul is worried about how it will affect… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 7:27AM

In Treatment recap: Sunil and Frances, week 2

One of the major challenges of dramatizing therapy is that people typically start it with a dull, rigid little story they've been telling themselves for years (my mother was an over controlling hag, my father was perfect, except for his alcoholism, etc.) As a result the average patient, at least in… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2010 6:49AM

"In Treatment" recap: Adele and Jesse, week 1

Remember yesterday, when I said I suspected "In Treatment" without the original Israeli scripts would probably be much less confrontational? Ya, so, I’m officially taking that back now.

For the first time in the history of the show Paul has actually said to a patient "don't speak to me like that

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OCTOBER 26, 2010 7:37AM

"In Treatment" recap--Sunil and Frances, week 1

This season “In Treatment” sets out on its own without the original scripts from “Be Tipul,” the Israeli series that, despite its popularity, only lasted two seasons.

I’m going to miss living therapy vicariously though hyper confrontational Israelis.  In Canada, we… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 7:53AM

Freedom: Which Character Is Franzen?


“There had always been something not quite right about the Berglunds.” This is the general consensus among the Berglunds' former neighbours when, long after they’ve moved, Walter Berglunds' name suddenly re-surfaces in an unfavourable New York Times feature.

Freedom is Jon… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 7:47AM

True Blood, Season three finale

So here we are at the finale of the most disturbing, violent, possibly nihilistic show on television right now. As we were all expecting, there has been a whole mess of blood, guts, burning and torture.  But sadly we must say goodbye to…. uh…wait, let me re-check my notes here&hell… Read full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2010 7:42AM

True Blood ep. 35 "Fresh Blood"

“You know I love you more when you’re cold and heartless” says Eric tenderly to Pam. It’s a lovely moment, like Casablanca starring vampires. And it’s the first time in a few episodes that Eric has been something more than, as Russell puts it “just a lump of muscle… Read full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2010 8:03AM

True Blood Recap ep. 34 "I Smell A Rat"

“I’m a fairy?  That is so fucking lame!”

Sorry, what’s that Sookie? Oh right, you have a secret that we’ve been waiting to find out for three seasons. Cool.  But do you mind if we cut back to Nan and Russell first? Because I still have so many questions from la… Read full post »

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AUGUST 16, 2010 7:59AM

True Blood recap ep. 33 "Everything is Broken"

Does anyone remember a couple of episodes back when I jokingly guessed The Authority got its authority from somewhere in Maine?  Turns out I have special recapping powers that I’m only now becoming aware of.  Like Jessica,  the baby vampire, however,  and Sookie, the emergin… Read full post »

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AUGUST 9, 2010 7:57AM

True Blood recap: ep 32. Night On The Sun

Poor Bill. The moment he started wearing that track suit jacket, I started worrying.  His maker is dead. His queen has sold the state of Louisiana and moved into Russell’s palace. Sookie has realized that it was nice while it lasted, but now it’s over. What’s left for him? Even… Read full post »

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AUGUST 2, 2010 7:50AM

True Blood Recap ep.31: "Hitting The Ground"

This was not the glamorous state wedding I was hoping for. No Alcide in white fur, no rib cage hats, no celebrities of note, not even Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. Still, I can’t think of a better wedding singer than Miss Polly Jean Harvey to celebrate the union of Russell… Read full post »

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JULY 29, 2010 12:04PM

Austenized! Redrum Park and other horror classics improved

damien woodhouse

Damien Woodhouse who lives with his father, Mr. Satan Woodhouse


Enough with the zombies, the vampires and the sea monsters!  I’m with Laura Miller. The time has come to avenge this relentless invasion, and send some Jane Austen characters in to stanch the blood dimmed tide o… Read full post »