Comics Master of the Senate Days in the lives of Ottawa staffers by Jeet Heer Illustration by Ethan RillyDecember 10, 2013 This appeared in the January/February 2014 issue. Jeet Heer will publish Sweet Lechery, a collection of political and cultural essays, in December 2014.Ethan Rilly has won many awards for his comic book series, Pope Hats. Get the Walrus Weekly newsletter Newsletter Events Sign up Recommended Politics The Wrong Kind of Nationalism Canada will not go unscathed by Brexit by Laura Thistle Politics Parting Ways with the Queen Why the time has come for Canada to abandon England altogether by Stephen Marche The Latest Sports Drug Running Allowing Russian athletes to compete in this summer’s Olympics erodes the IOC’s position as the moral leader against doping by Dick Pound Culture No Last Waltz It’s hard to enjoy the Tragically Hip’s music knowing Gord Downie has cancer by Yoni Goldstein World Don't Call Qandeel Baloch Pakistan's Kim Kardashian In the West, social-media celebrities distract us from social challenges. In Pakistan, they embody those challenges in flesh and blood by Fatima Syed Society When Tenure Never Comes Academia has become a high-stakes gamble—and the losers can barely afford pants by stephen black Books Motherhood Consumes the Poet The literary consequences of raising a child by Andreae Callanan Join the Conversation VictorianShuter The series is a good mildly-amusing effort, even though the dry, knowing humour really isn’t my thing. However, when I had friends in Ottawa imparting me with juicy gossip on Parliament Hill, it was a lot more interesting that this.