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The Literary Type

Hello all,

The New Quarterly has just launched a blog called “The Literary Type” where I have posted a rant about CanLit, if you’re interested.


July 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

vegetable orchestra

These folks are combining two of my favourite things: art and food. It’s strange and quirky and beautiful. How did I not see this before?

More interesting, though, is the controversy in the comments on youtube. Their statement:

just one word to all the people who are concerned about people dying of starvation:
we are concerned too. but not doing this project does change nothing. it doesn’t make the world a better place.
if you are really concerned about the distribution of wealth then do something about it! read books about the real cause of hunger. talk with your friends and family about it. change your own life and try to change politics. buy and support the right things. it is not people using vegetables differently than usual that make the world a bad place. it’s all of us wanting too much. our own car, a new cellphone, a bigger house with air condition, more money…
sending the vegetables to africa does not help. on the contrary it destroys the markets there, so people can not sell their own produce, because the imported one is too cheap.

and by the way: people have used vegetables for music for centuries. also in africa.

June 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm Leave a comment

Subversive Library

Kat Atreides is a student of a private high school that released a long list of books that students were not allowed to read.

I was absolutely appalled, because a large number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well… I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a boy in my English class asked if he could borrow the book, because he heard it was very good AND it was banned!

Now she’s running an illegal library of 62 banned books (I shudder to think how long the list must be) out of her locker and the unoccupied locker next to hers. I love that students who had no previous interest in reading these classics are now hungry for their chance. Because she doesn’t want to cause mental harm to children unprepared to deal with the content of these dangerously subversive books (many of which were on my highschool’s curriculum), Kat doesn’t loan books to freshmen.

A sampling of the offending books in her catalogue:
– Animal Farm
– Catch-22
– A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
– The Catcher in the Rye
– The Canterbury Tales
– Candide
– The Divine Comedy
– The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
– Lord of the Flies
– One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
– Paradise Lost
– The Picture of Dorian Gray
– Slaughterhouse-5

Kudos, Kat. In my first year of university, students were getting special permission not to read Timothy Findley’s The Wars because they were certain they’d be irreparably damaged by the description of homosexual acts.

From Yahoo Answers: “Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?”

May 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Friday Night at the Museum

Museum Underground is reclaiming Museum London for a new generation. Like this Friday at 9:30-1:30, with Friday Night at the Museum. Check it out!

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April 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

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