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Monthly archive December, 2010

50 Ways to Leave Poetry

Leave them all over town in cafes and public washrooms Mail them to random people in a far off land, one per envelope, don’t explainTake them to a local shelterDonate them to a libraryOffer them to high schools in the north Build a bonfire, invite your closest friendsOn the coldest night of the year take...

Best Readings of 2010

Here are the readings that knocked me out in various ways. They are chronological. Kenneth Goldsmith, Concordia University, January 2010Goldsmith hit this one out of the park. It was a talk (based on the introduction to the new conceptual writing anthology Against Expression) not a reading, but it was full of energy, inspiring. Absolutely necessary....

Rethink Journalism

Merry Christmas

From 1980 something. And 1970 something… I hope it’s not a Fruit Cake!

Still a Vowellable Form

Constraint-based literature is often discussed in terms of exemplars. After a form has been elegantly and expertly executed, it is often set aside and treated as though it has been completely exhausted. While Oulipian Georges Perec’s La disparition takes the lipogrammatic cake in French, in English it is Christian Bök’s Eunoia that owns the form....

The Weekend Read

from temporary tattoos:happy the actual rift breeds the make-believe galaxy in which things are possible. the boombox was otherwise plenty adequate for the job. shuttle runs between joy and impossibly closer. for its own sake & for the pretense of belief as not being total. happy day of catholic guilt and sacrifice. happy etiquette. take...

Pulled from my shelves #13: “A library is print in its gaseous state.”

Last week I confessed to having an oneiric bookstore compulsion. I am also (predictably) drawn to libraries. Small and large, a collection of books will no doubt attract my eye. Whenever I am at someone else’s house, I am drawn—like so many of my colleagues—to my host’s bookshelves and their evidence of reading. Authors, scholars...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 2

A short interview with the unfailingly kind, ever-radical, always-magical poet-man Michael Nardone

A Conversation with Lisa Robertson

Michael Nardone: A lot of your work draws from an immediate environment, both landscape and peers. Thinking about where we are now—Open Space, an artist-run centre—and perhaps trying to locate our conversation in this place, can you speak about your involvement and collaborative work with your immediate community and involvement with artist- and writer-run centres...

A Conversation with Gail Scott

SQ: Gail, the first thing I noticed about The Obituary is that it feels like such a wonderfully seamless continuation of My Paris, only this time, set in Montreal, in Mile End, in particular. Further, I note that you have perfected your representation of a kind of thinking and writing: sentences laid and overlaid with...

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