Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Leonard Cohen in the documentary “Ladies and Gentlemen.. Mr Leonard Cohen”

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Watch the whole thing. This is a Canada so different from the Canada from the one we’re in now, the Canada that now sits in a deep, dark, chilly trough dug by our illegitimate prime minister, Stephen Harper.

The gender politics in this video may be a bit antediluvian, but I’m going to overlook that.

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Rocking camel by B.C. painter/author Jim Willer

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I grew up with this psychedelic rocking camel, handmade in the late 60s/early 70s by B.C. artist/novelist Jim Willer. He called these “Bumpity Camels” and ours was one of a series—our cousins had one too. When we were kids it used to have a blue wooden knocker on a wire that hung inside and clip-clopped when you rocked (even though camels are silent), but the noise drove us crazy so we removed it, and so did our cousins.

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to show, to give, to make it be there – Expanded Literary Practices in Vancouver: 1954 – 1969

Friday, January 1st, 2010

to show, to give, to make it be there: Expanded Literary Practices in Vancouver: 1954 – 1969.

If you are in Vancouver, this exhibition spanning Vancouver art and literature will be worth seeing. It runs January 9 – March 13 and its opening reception will be held at Geoffrey Farmer’s amazing project space Every Letter In The Alphabet (pdf – or see Facebook).

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“Put down those pens, authors! Put down those brushes, artists! Why not go into the service industry? Or banking?”

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Apologies to non-Canadian readers, but I need to address our national broadcaster. Dear CBC, Canadians need much more Seán Cullen on CBC radio, and much less Stuart McLean. Why do we have to wait until summer to listen to Simply Seán on the radio? Why only in the summer, CBC? What is the logic of giving us the oily, faux-down-home Stuart McLean all year, and the droll, off-offbeat Seán Cullen only in the summer?

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The dangers of discomfort.

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I found this tragic modern poem online while researching ventilation for the studio. I took a screenshot of it just in case someone failed to recognize its morose genius and removed it from the public domain. Cut and paste-able version is below.

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Paul Smith, books and art

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Paul Smith is not only the classic English mischievous rogue type, and a self-effacing dandy, but he also reads. I wish he would drop by our studio. The photo of his cluttered office is from Vancouver magazine The Block. There’s a funny story there about an anonymous fan who’s been sending him objects in the mail, with Smith’s address and the correct number of postage stamps just stuck to the surface of the object itself.

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