The Music Crept By Us

November 11th, 2016 by LB

(Poem #339) The Music Crept By Us

I would like to remind
the management
that the drinks are watered
and the hat-check girl
has syphilis
and the band is composed
of former SS monsters
However since it is
New Year’s Eve
and I have lip cancer
I will place my
paper hat on my
concussion and dance.

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How to Speak Poetry, by Leonard Cohen

November 11th, 2016 by LB

How to Speak Poetry
by Leonard Cohen

Take the word butterfly. To use this word it is not necessary to make the voice weigh less than an ounce or equip it with small dusty wings. It is not necessary to invent a sunny day or a field of daffodils.

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Bjarke Ingels’ Vancouver pirate ship

November 1st, 2016 by LB

Oh really

I can’t remember if I’ve already talked about this Dubai-style luxury twisted tower that Vancouver is getting; apologies if I have. The tower, designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, is now rising in Vancouver but the reason I’m writing about it now is that I just read a critique in Artforum of this year’s Venice Biennale for Architecture which contained a chilling portrait of Ingels.

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Do not work for Mommie Dearest (Craigslist ad)

October 11th, 2016 by LB

I’m expecting that this Craigslist Vancouver ad (text at bottom of this post) will get so much abuse it’ll be taken down soon, so I’m cutting and pasting it here. (UPDATE: it’s been taken down, but a friend found this one which similar, but we believe it’s not by the same people (this couple has a child), and that seems worse because then there’s more than one of these couples.) My following intro is just a collation of everyone’s thoughts on a related and hilariously angry Facebook thread.

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Justin, if Canadians must be resilient in the face of change, so must your oil barons.

September 8th, 2016 by LB

This idiot article appeared in one of Canada’s national newspapers, the Globe and Mail, wherein a guy named Lawrence Martin tells Justin Trudeau to quit with the sentimental enviro talk and build some pipelines already.

How on earth are articles like this still being written? Is this effectively climate change denial?

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“Simpsons” actor Harry Shearer speaking against AirBnB & other short term rentals

September 6th, 2016 by LB

A brilliant speech to a New Orleans City Council hearing on AirBnB and short term rentals in general. As Best of New Orleans reported:

Comedian and actor Harry Shearer was among the opponents speaking against short-term rentals, calling its proponents and rental owners speaking in the first half of the meeting “a parade of happy scofflaws.”

“What other business can I start in the privacy of my home?” he joked.

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