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Monthly archive October, 2005

Day in the Life of Brooklyn

Too exhausted for words yesterday, and so I went for a walk in my hood and partook of a spiced pumpkin latte from a certain upstart coffee bar known to all. This is part of what I saw….ah, Brooklyn. Gotta love it. Click here for slideshow.

Overheard dialogue of the week

Students discussing a certain Rutgers Poli Sci Professor:“So, every week we read a little bit more about Kant and then we talk, and she riffs, or she riffs, and we talk. Then she goes back to her Kant reading group in the city which she has been going to for like, years, and then the...

Rousseau’s Boat: Lisa Robertson & the Craft of Boat Building

Published last year from Nomados, and the winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook award, Lisa Robertson’s Rousseau’s Boat, is a meditation on solitude and walking. More than any other art form of our time, it seems to me that poetry has something urgent to impart to our production—or at least consumption—obsessed times: how to be...

Quote of the day

About Mrs. Dalloway: “The only good thing to say about this “literary” drivel is that the person responsible, Virginia Woolf, has been dead for quite some time now. Let us pray to God she stays that way.”Well, at least the book made it onto the list of Time Magazine’s 100 all time best novels.

More meat

People have been asking me about the Meat Painter. Does he really exist? Does he really paint meat? Would I lie to you? Aren’t poets morally obligated to tell the truth? Well, yes, yes, and no: yes, the meat painter exists, yes he paints meat, yes, I try to lie as much as I can,...

Literary Insight of the Week

“Oh, she’s pretty sarcastic. But think of her situation.” So says Atwood of Penelope in the newly published Penelopiade, which I will flex my credit card muscle in purchasing this week and get back to you on. It’s this marketing ploy that’s of interest to me. Books of ideas, theories, history, and now myth have...

Sheila Heti

Here’s a quirky little link. Sheila Heti blazed into the spotlight with The Middle Stories, a wonderful collection of fable-like prose pieces a la Lydia Davis, or Diane Williams, or dare-I-say, Sheila Heti-ish, first published by McSweeney’s. She’s a Canadian original, a breathe of fresh air in a land of prose paralyzed by Alice Munro....

Link of the week

Jesus anyone? What can one say?

Life Hackers

Intriguing piece on multi-tasking and interruptions in the workplace in this weekend’s NY Times Magazine featuring one Professor Gloria Mark and her work on soft technology. When Mark crunched the data, a picture of 21st-century office work emerged that was, she says, “far worse than I could ever have imagined.” Each employee spent only 11...

Grandmothers arrested outside Army Recruiting Offices

Didn’t find this item in the NY Times, but it was the headline story for Canada’s Globe and Mail as of 3:40 pm, this fine Tuesday, October 17th. There’s something wonderful about grandmothers out there protesting. It almost breaks through the thick shellac of “doesn’t matter what we do, they won’t stop clear cutting till...

Erin Moure and Daniel MacIvor up for GG Awards

Erin Moure nominated for Little Theatres! You can find one of my favourite poems from the collection on an earlier post. It’s a fabulous book and a well-deserved nomination. I haven’t seen or read MacIvor’s latest play, but he has produced some excellent, innovative theater and House remains a favourite one-man show. In fact we’re...

I had to go back and see the rest of Candice Breitz’s show at Sonnabend this weekend as I had somehow completely missed both Mother and Father. This isn’t difficult to do as it’s dark in the room and you can’t see that there’s another room, and then once you’re in Mother, it’s entirely possible...

Edward Burtynsky & Robert Smithson

Smithson at the Whitney Everyone is talking about Edward Burtynsky, and for good reason. Not since Robert Smithson has an artist altered our view of the world so dramatically. Burtynsky first came to my attention in Granta a few years back. His large-scale photographs of mine tailings and pods of abandoned, rusted ships along side...

Reminder: Reading Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 12:30 p.m.Bryant Park, 42nd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues,New York, NYWord for Word Poetry: Kazim Ali, Sophie Cabot Black,Sina Queyras

Mairead Byrne: reminder

This is probably not the last post on Mairead Byrne, but I found this audio file that I hadn’t known about before when I wrote about her last week. So, here you can have a taste of her reading–a teasing because of course you’ll want to come to belladonna Tuesday to hear her in the...

Icelandic music

Icelandic music is more than Björk. Not that Björk isn’t enough, but the kind of original sounds coming from that ashen island are addictive. For instance, Mum. If you’re in need of a pick up listen to There is any number of small things. I just love this band. Love, love, love, and Yesterday Was...

maissoneuve magazine

At the Poetry Project

At the Poetry Project this Wednesday, October 12 8pmJuliana Spahr & Claudia RankineI’ve raved about the Spahr/Rankine book American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and now’s your chance to hear the editors in person. Of course you will have to hear me read Monday afternoon in Bryant Park, and then...

Poezibao

For Hacker fans and Francophiles, an interview with Marilyn Hacker & Claire Malroux on the French poetry website Poezibao.

Quote of the day

“I haven’t read Finnegans Wake and I’m not so sure I read all Ulysses. This surprises even me because I wrote a book about Joyce. The reason I haven’t is that I found Joyce too greedy. I have my own life to live.”Mairead Byrne, from herecomeseverybody

The Hound to read

The Hound to read in Bryant Park for the Academy of American Poets next Tuesday at lunch time…a lunch time reading. And a good thing because next Tuesday is also the night that Mairead Byrne is reading for belladonna—at Dixon Place, their new location. For more information follow the happy link. Word for Word Poetry:...

More on Candice B

Ah, more on Candice Breitz, who was apparently the “surprise hit” of the Venice Biennale, and my reservations at the tail end of that last post seem a bit premature. This show seems to pull the other work into perspective to reveal a much larger project. The freshest thing in the international group show in...

More Chelsea

Photo of Breitz’s installation And finally we have Candice Breitz at Sonnabend. This is an artist who isn’t difficult to like. Her show consisted of about a dozen flat panels, each playing a video of an individual singing and dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The gallery was full and everyone was laughing and looking just...

Chelsea continued

Photo of Epstein’s photo Mitch Epstein is one of the other artists whose work I’ve seen before, and was happy to see again today. There weren’t that many photos in the show, and most of them I had seen before, but still they capture—at least these one’s do—something sublime about the 70s. Foreshadowing the Walls...

Chelsea October 2

Photo of Jungen’s installation This week three artists stood out for me, but I’ll put them up one at a time since this first one, Brian Jungen, will likely take me as long as the other two combined. Jungen, a young west coast artist, has as a show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art....

Mairead Byrne

Mairead Byrne, one of my favourite contemporary poets (and human beings), has a piece up on UBU web (UBU is back, rescued from the brink!). Some differences is a fabulous, funny poem/essay/talk on the difference between stand up and poetry: One difference is: Poets get to stand-up; stand-ups get to stand up & walkaround: You...

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