Filed under: Events | Tags: Anvil, Arsenal Pulp Press, Books on the Radio, D&M Publishers, Geist Magazine, W2, W2 Culture and Media House
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Books on the Radio, Smells like Content, The Books, Video Poetry, YouTube
Most of all, the world is a place where parts of wholes are described
within an overarching paradigm of clarity and accuracy.
The context in which makes possible an underlying
sense of the way it all fits together,
despite our collective tendency not to conceive of it as such.
But then again, the world without end is a place where souls are combined,
but with an overbearing feeling of disparity and disorderliness.
To ignore it is impossible without getting oneself into all of kinds of trouble,
despite one’s best intentions to not get entangled with it so much.
the statues are bleeding green.
And others are saying things much better than we ever could;
as the quiet become suddenly verbose.
And the hail’s heralding the size of nickels.
And the street corners are gnashing together like the gears
inside the head of some omniscient engineer.
And downward flows the garnered wisdom that has never died
we opened the box, we couldn’t find any rules.
Our heads were reeling with the glitter of possibilities, contingencies…
but with ever increasing faith we decided to go ahead and just ignore them,
despite tremendous pressure to capitulate with fate.
So instead, we went ahead to fabricate a catalog
of unstable elements and modicums and particles.
With not zero total strangeness for brief moments which amount
to nothing more than tiny fragments of a finger snap.
we’re furiously seeing green.
And the map has started tearing along its creases due to overuse…
when in reality it’s never needed folds.
And the air’s withholding the sound of its wellspring.
And our heads approach a density reminiscent of the infinite productivity of the center of the sun.
And therein lies the garnered wisdom that has never died.
leads to disappointment. If you don’t expect something big huge and exciting…
just, uh yea…”
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Books on the Radio, Canada Reads, CBC, Sean Cranbury
Filed under: BC Booksellers Association, Bookstore Showcase | Tags: bookstore closure, Duthie Books, sad news
Alright. It’s getting a little dusty in here.
I’m going thru the phases. First: Denial. Now: Crushing realizations. Some time later: Acceptance or something like it.
Here’s a letter that I just posted on Steven Beattie’s blog that sums up how I feel right now.
As someone who worked at the original Duthie’s flagship store in downtown Vancouver back in the 90’s it’s easy for me to say that this is sad news but it’s hard for me to say that this is terribly surprising news.
It was pretty clear from certain emanations that Cathy’s heart just wasn’t in it anymore and hadn’t been for quite some time. And given the current industry/economic climate, that’s not hard to understand.
The writing on the wall was in very clear, plain script. It wasn’t difficult to read.
I’m sure that Cathy has known for a long, long time that this day was coming and it must have been an incredibly agonizing decision for her to make.
It’s a very heavy legacy to put an end to.
It’s easy for people to point fingers at all of the usual suspects and get puffed up in a righteous rage about news like this but to me, one who worked there when the franchise was at its peak in the mid 90’s and who has friends who lost their jobs there today, I think it’s more honest to say that the train had simply reached the end of the line.
53 years is a long time and Cathy and Celia and Ria, my old buddy Mike Varty, Jane Sayers, Dina Del Bucchia, Susan Jahnke and everyone else that prowls those aisles should be proud of what they’ve done.
They should be happy that they’ve made such a huge impact on the culture of this city and even though the curtain is coming down on a legendary piece of Vancouver’s literary culture we have to believe that there are better days ahead of us.
All of us.
Thank you and best wishes to all of my friends who worked at Duthie Books over the years and to the Duthie family for making it so good while it lasted.
I’m going to go over there tomorrow and buy me some books.
Filed under: Bookstore Showcase, Enthusiasms, Events | Tags: Agenbite, Big in Japan, Bruce Rutledge, Chin Music Press, Cliff Lee, Jennifer Abel, Sophia Books, sushi, Thick as a Brick, Thomas Gammarino
Great crowd, excellent story, it was lots of fun.
The entire Chin Music Crew came up from Seattle to support the event.
There was a full room, delicious sushi and sake and everyone trooped off for further food and drinks afterward.
If you haven’t seen any Chin Music Press books please take a look at their website and if you live in a neighborhood with a good independent bookstore that knows their stuff, ask them if they have any Chin Music books.
Stay tuned for the Books on the Radio interviews with Tom, Bruce and Jennifer later this spring.
Filed under: Creative Commons, Industry Change, Interview | Tags: @kk, China, COP15, Copenhagen, Creative Commons, Fresh Air Media Centre, Geeks on a Plane, Honolulu, Kris Krug, Photography, Static Photography, SxSW, TEDx Vancouver, Vancouver
I first met Kris Krug earlier this year at the Alliance for Arts & Culture Annual General Meeting at the VPL.
Come to think about it, it was also the day that Michael Jackson died.
The end of an era, I suppose.
Or maybe, better put, it was the end to the end of an era for a voice that had long ago fallen silent.
But I digress.
A few days later, the good folks at Burnkit put us in touch and I went over to his place.
Kris had agreed to show me some tricks for listening to the internet and give me advice on how to best participate in online discussions using social media tools.
Over the course of our conversation I discovered a couple of things about Kris: He’s a very open guy with a wicked intelligence and a lot of different talents and interests.
He’s outside the box and he’s not going back in.
I spend a lot of time following people in the online/social media circles just to see how the game is played, who is playing it with style and who actually has something to say.
A portion of this time is spent watching what Kris is doing and how he’s doing it.
He mixes style, substance, ridiculous photography skills, support for cool projects with a vision for technology that is open, inclusive and always pushing forward.
It’s about positive hunger at a very fundamental level.
So it’s great to bring this wide-ranging and unexpurgated 40 minute extendo-interview to you here.
(It will run at just under 30 minutes when it airs on CJSF 90.1 FM.)
We talk about Kris’ beginnings as a photographer, his use of social media and Creative Commons to distribute and cultivate awareness of his work.
We discuss his experiences at the Olympics in Torino and Beijing and the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in his adopted city of Vancouver.
We talk Geeks on a Plane.
Kris tells us about the book that he’s working on that showcases the underground art scene in Shanghai and his interesting ideas for publishing that book.
It’s an awesome interview.
Just listen to it and let me know what you think.