Craigslist: “For Sale: Vancouver City Hall. Cash only, please. No Questions asked.”

April 6th, 2015 by LB

__________________________________________________________________ Ha ha. Sadly, this Craigslist ad was quickly taken down, but not before lots of us took  screenshots and copied the text (a friend uploaded it to her Facebook). The ad only lasted only 23 hours; someone must have flagged it. Considering that it only went up on Easter Sunday and was taken down Easter Monday, some City Hall employee or Vision Vancouver party functionary must be pretty vigilant. …read more

“In the lonely cockpit of our lives” by Bifo Berardi

April 4th, 2015 by LB

Franco ‘Bifo’ Beradi, author of Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide, responds to the Germanwings crash, which is believed to have been intentionally crashed by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz I think this is essential reading on the Germanwings suicide crash. It is the only piece of writing that has echoed my own guess at what happened. This is an excerpt only; click here for the original article at Verso Books. “It seems …read more

Album: Native North America Vol. 1

March 9th, 2015 by LB

This is a superb and historically important album, a compilation of music by indigenous musicians in Canada 1968-1985. It’s telling that I had only heard one of these tracks before hearing the album; it points to a disturbing lack of airplay of native music during those years. This album belongs in every music collection in Canada and beyond. The record has received uniformly rave reviews. Read the Guardian article, and …read more

DSquared’s provocational fashion line & #Dsquaw hashtag

March 5th, 2015 by LB

Despite all the backlash to Ralph Lauren’s genocide chic advertising campaign last year, it seems designers have either learned nothing, or conversely they’ve learned that outrage is free and effective PR in the fashion world. This time it is a Canadian designer using racism and cultural appropriation to sell clothes. Not only is the new line shown by DSquared at Milan Fashion Week a creepy mashup of Inuit and First …read more

Post-mortem on the old Eaton’s building: an interview with Cesar Pelli

March 2nd, 2015 by LB

The TD Bank building and Eaton’s building by Cesar Pelli, photo © Michael de Courcy, mid-1970s This is not a true post-mortem, since Cesar Pelli‘s 1973 Eaton’s building has not actually been demolished—and how rare it is to be able to say that in Vancouver, now one of North America’s capitals of demolition. However, the building might as well have been demolished because it has effectively disappeared. Pelli, one of the …read more

Women in great trousers

March 1st, 2015 by LB

Beat these looks.