October 2012

In lieu of trick-or-treating

October 31, 2012, OTTAWA — Click here for the details if you missed the link below. And happy Hallowe'en for real.

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Magazine, found at a newstand

October 31, 2012, OTTAWA — Click here for the details if you missed the link below. And happy Hallowe'en for real.

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Happy Hallowe'en, bitches!

October 27, 2012, OTTAWA — It's nearly two o'clock on a Saturday morning. I'm tired and cranky and feeling a tad contrarian.

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Nalo Hopkinson's nightmare of Blackness


October 7, 2012, OTTAWA — Drawing on myths from Jamaica to Russia, on folk tales of Coyote and Brer Rabbit, and maybe from sources as disparate as Chuck Jones, J.R.R. Tolkien and Mervyn Peake (not to mention Lewis Carroll), Nalo Hopkinson's "Young Adult" debut is as singular a creation as it has been my pleasure to read in a very long time.

All at once a surreal adventure, a subtle exploration of privilege in caste-ridden society and a daring push against the walls of narrative fiction itself, The Chaos has no villain and its (black, Canadian) heroine never wields a blade nor fires a gun.

Though questions of race and identify form organic parts of how the novel's characters view and interact with the world (none of the book's major characters is white), race is not what the book is about. Hopkinson is telling a story, she is not preaching.

Narrated by probably the most fully-realized teenager I have come across in fiction, The Chaos is always surprising, a thoroughly unconventional page-turner you owe it to yourself to read — to pass on to any literate young person you know.

For my full review, click, "When I cried, the tears were black."

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Meet Geoffrey Dow: Art Director


October 5, 2012, OTTAWA — It might only be a one-shot title (mine, that is; Humanist Perspectives itself has been around since 1967), but "Art Director: Geoffrey Dow" has a very nice ring to it.

I've always enjoyed layout and design, going as far back as the halcyon days of Letraset, and getting the chance to produce a 40-page, slick magazine was the fulfillment of a dream I had almost forgotten I had.

Though the work is now done on computer, not paper, the sensation of doing tactile work remains.

At this point, I don't know whether I will get the chance to repeat the process, but I hope so!

Click here for details.

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