Stephen Marche, The Guardian

Stephen Marche

The Guardian

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Stephen:

The apocalypse isn’t coming. We must resist cynicism and fear about AI

Remember when WeWork would kill commercial real estate? Crypto would abolish banks? The metaverse would end meeting people in real life? → Read More

God save us all: Britain is about to get the king it deserves

Viewed from Canada, the coronation is especially absurd – and the contradictions of Charles III perfectly suit the moment → Read More

Opinion: Canada’s new artificial intelligence laws in Bill C-27 are not very intelligent

Bill C-27 is ostensibly meant to protect Canadians’ privacy, but its provisions for AI threaten our potential future as leaders in artificial intelligence → Read More

‘Our mission is crucial’: meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine, a key part of its strategy was to destroy historic libraries in order to eradicate the Ukrainians’ sense of identity. But Putin hadn’t counted on the unbreakable spirit of the country’s librarians → Read More

Opinion: Another midterm election delivers another unreadable America

After the latest inscrutable vote marked by cynical half-victories and non-defeats, what does ‘the will of the American people’ even mean? → Read More

Biden says US democracy is under threat. Here’s what he can do to help fix it

We don’t need lofty rhetoric about democracy. We need to pack the courts, fight partisan gerrymandering, campaign finance reform and more → Read More

Opinion: The Mar-a-Lago raid brings the United States a step closer to civil war

An ex-president in jail is an entirely plausible scenario, but what will the fallout be? Is it worth it? → Read More

The January 6 hearings are a brilliant spectacle. That’s also their danger

If the hearings end without consequences for Trump, the main takeaway will be: this is how much you can get away with in 2020s America → Read More

With the end of Roe, the US edges closer and closer to civil war

The question is no longer whether there will be a civil conflict in America. The question is how the sides will divide, and who will prevail → Read More

Opinion: On guns, Canada is once again busying itself with America’s problems

Claiming America’s crises as our own is a terrible way to make Canadian policy. And yet all our parties keep doing it → Read More

The supreme court’s coming abortion ruling may spark a new era of US unrest

There’s a strong risk that the case will spark anger and violence – whether the court overturns Roe v Wade or not → Read More

The next US civil war is already here – we just refuse to see it

The right has recognized that the system is in collapse, and it has a plan: violence and solidarity with treasonous far-right factions → Read More

Secession might seem like the lesser of two evils. It’s also the less likely.

At least it’s not civil war — and other countries do it all the time — but breaking up the union would be next to impossible here. → Read More

Opinion: 2022 is the year America falls off a cliff. How will Canada hang on?

The question increasingly facing those who care about the United States is how, not if, the republic will end → Read More

The Algorithm That Could Take Us Inside Shakespeare’s Mind

Machine learning programs have recently made huge advances. Stephen Marche tested one against Shakespeare’s collected works, to see if it could help him figure out which of the several versions of Hamlet’s soliloquy was most likely what the playwright intended. → Read More

As the pandemic retreats, we’re left wondering what we’ve been through

The structure of our lives changed: We had time without timeliness. → Read More

Your wedding's been cancelled by the coronavirus lockdown? Good

Starting your life together with a splurge of debt and wasteful narcissism is a relic of a bygone time – let’s leave it there → Read More

How to End Pandemic Fights With Your Partner

Couples’ fights in lockdown are often about the unremitting intensity of togetherness. The sooner you de-escalate a fight, the sooner you can begin working on real solutions. → Read More

Covid-19 is the dress rehearsal for 21st century global crises

The problems of this century will be global and they will be intimate. Our culture of division cannot stand → Read More

I Can’t Afford These First Editions, but I Buy Them Anyway

Stephen Marche on why he collects rare books and why our culture undervalues them. → Read More