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Monthly archive February, 2009

Susannah M. Smith reads Walter Benjamin’s Archive

Walter Benjamin’s Archive: Images, Texts, Sign, Verso 2007 I don’t know you, WB.I don’t know you at all. I’m thinking of the way people seem to hear about you serendipitously, repeatedly.I’m thinking of the leather suitcase that disappeared after you died,its contents alleged but never located: postcards, a manuscript, a pipe, morphine.You are gone but...

Erin Wunker reads Sachiko Murakami

The Invisibility Exhibit, Talon 2008Sachiko Murakami In our post 9/11 world even (especially?) pronouns are risky. The difference between the already complex markers of me and you, us and them is increasingly great. It seems to me that as a woman, and academic, and a citizen of the world it is my responsibility to take...

Quotes of the week

“I like the sort of lesbians one doesn’t know are lesbians.”–anonymous “I can’t help but dream about a criticism that would not try to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life…It would multiply not judgments but signs of life.”–Michel Foucault Meanwhile in the Persian Gulf, girls will be...

“I can’t help but dream about a criticism that would not try to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life…It would multiply not judgments but signs of life.”–Michel Foucault

Oh that Jonny

This is a very funny book.

Michael Bryson: Fiction is Mystery

When I was younger, I thought that good reading leads to knowledge and that knowledge led to a deeper understanding of life, the world, the opposite sex, everything important. It can, of course, I still believe that, but it does something much grander – it leads to a more sustained sense of life’s mysteries. It...

Influency 6: Christakos is at it again!

INFLUENCY 6: A TORONTO POETRY SALON LARSON • QUEYRAS • PHILIP • DOWNIE • SOL • NICKERSON • SINCLAIR • HALL APRIL 1 to June 10, 2009 Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9:30 pm April 1: Introductory Talk by Margaret Christakos April 8: Billeh NICKERSON on Jacqueline LARSON’s Salt Physic (Pedlar) April 15: Jacqueline LARSON on...

AWP and Canadian poetry

Just back from a panel at AWP in Chicago that featured 5 Canadian poets: Carolyn Smart, Adam Sol, Chris Hutchinson, Alessandro Porco and myself. But, as one audience member noted, it was a decidedly unCanadian event. Or was it? My work and Adam Sol’s work is set on the roadways of northeastern USA, Smart read...

Expressway’s first review

Apparently the link to Expressway‘s first review wasn’t working yesterday, so I offer it again, shameless hussy that I am. Partly because it’s friendly, but also because it’s smart.

Expressway is on the move

Thanks Coach House publicist Evan Munday for the fun little promo tool for Expressway, which arrived in the world last week at a weighty 98 pages. For the record, this isn’t AC/DC, but a cover. A good one at that. Oh, and Expressway gets its very first review. And it’s friendly. Thanks Vanessa.

Jacob Wren reads Carl Wilson by way of a digression

Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste by Carl Wilsonby Jacob Wren Far more than most celebrities, [Céline] is plausible as a common person catapulted into uncommon status. Apart from her music, I’ve grown accustomed to her over-expressive face, attached to her arm-flinging gawkiness. And as I suspected, looking closely at...

Poets Read: Round One

A mix of poets reading for the perusal and benefit of my esteemed students of poetry and poetics who would otherwise assume the reading of poems to be that undertaken under the greatest duress involving shortness of breath, much panting and dryness in the mouth, and whom after the briefest of engagements with said poets,...

Women can’t say no and or How confident are you?

Thanks for the links, Allison.Meanwhile in the 21st century.

Joyland is way cool

Have you seen Joyland, the fantastic hub for short fiction created by Toronto writer Emily Schultz? This is what I’ve been looking for. Well, one of the things. Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu: Jonny says Mr. Hardman was silent. Then after a few tumbleweed moments, I was told to stay away from...

Really, it’s all about the old women.

Love Groucho Marx. Love the old women. Okay, here’s the Ellen segment.

Feeling the heat

Today an email from a friend in Australia where it is currently 44 Celcius. Accompanying her email photos of a small Koala bear apparently in search for heat. Someone put out a baby bathtub full of water in which it immersed itself. Urban tale? Truth. Reeling still from Jorie Graham’s reading last night. Sea Change...

How Fiction Works: On Joyce Carol Oates

“How ingenious, Anton! Did you carve it yourself?” This was the sort of inane question you asked Anton Kruppev. For you had to say something to alleviate the tension of the man’s aggressive-doggy eagerness to please, to impress, to make you laugh. Hadley recalled the first time Anton had come by to see her, which...

Michael Fried, Why Photograph Matters

GlobeAuto Careers Classifieds Newspaper Ads Personals Real Estate <img height=”1″ width=”1″ border=”0″ src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imp.gif?client=ca-pub-4377513809082079&dt=1233548295510&lmt=1233548293&format=728x90_as&output=html&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2Fstory%2FLAC.20090131.BKPHOTO31%2FTPStory%2F%3Fquery%3Dmichael%2Bfried&color_bg=FFFFFF&color_text=808080&color_link=003366&color_url=800040&color_border=000000&ad_type=text&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2FPage%2Fdocument%2Fv5%2Ftemplates%2Fhub%3FsearchText%3Dmichael%2Bfried%26hub%3DSearch%26searchType%3DQuick%26control%3DsearchSimple%26iaction.x%3D34%26iaction.y%3D1%26iaction%3DGo&u_h=800&u_w=1280&u_ah=778&u_aw=1235&u_cd=24&u_tz=-300&u_his=3&u_java=true&u_nplug=9&u_nmime=98&event=noiframe” /> PHOTOGRAPHY Snap judgment Michael Fried offers an engaging reading of contemporary art photography BRIAN HURLEY January 31, 2009 WHY PHOTOGRAPHY MATTERS AS ART AS NEVER BEFORE By Michael Fried Yale University Press, 410 pages, $73.50 It is still a pretty rare...

If not winter, snow, thinking, and slight of hand, notes toward an essay

There is a narrow endless placewhere the earth has frozen. On thisthey live at unbelievable speeds.-Don Coles Under the snow, more snow. Shaved and shaped, smelling strangely enough of snow, not grass, which I try to imagine somewhere under there, yellow and flat. Grey sky hardens, sun surprisingly, does not always soften. Still, all joy,...