Friday, February 15, 2019

"the subject 'has a legal historical past'"

When a reporter has to "translate" what another reporter reported:


19 Stanley Park bus

She threw a chair from a tower!

People could have died.

That's what people do -- they die!

Cedar Cottage Pub

I think she's innocent.

She's not! She threw a chair--

Yeah, but no one got hurt!

They coulda!

Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

Famous Foods 

She has to live with her mother now.

Ha! Serves her right!

Her poor mom.

Who do you think taught her chair-throwing!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Heroes and Villains

Film critic Pauline Kael was at the peak of her popularity in the mid-1970s. At the opening of a long New Yorker article entitled "Cicely Tyson Goes to the Fountain" (January 28, 1974), she writes:

"At American movies now, black people are just about the only ones looking to find heroes for themselves. Films made for whites are curdled with guilt and confusion; the heroes are corrupted, they fail, they live or die meaninglessly."

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blank Cheque Press

Sites that display books and what they look like on the inside.

The picture up top is from Jacquelyn Ross's Black Cheque Press site: a book she wrote, designed and published called Mayonnaise (2016).

I don't think it is Jacquelyn's intention to relate the form her hand takes to the contents of these pages, but to my mind this hand acts as more than just a opener.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


My respect for the Vancouver Art Gallery staff who stood for what they believe in -- many of whom caught colds in the process! Hopefully this latest settlement will mark a positive shift in labour relations at this notoriously stressful workplace.

Monday, February 11, 2019


A busy weekend, capped off with snow.

On Friday, a preview dinner at the new Catriona Jeffries Gallery, followed by a marauding afterparty.

On Saturday morning, a skate with Amy and Brian at Robson Square.

After that, some time on the VAG staff picket line. (That's Rebecca Belmore giving her art away in the form of nine screams for fairer wages.)

Still later, a walk through Polygon Gallery's A Handful of Dust exhibition before a dinner with its guest curator, David Campany, in advance of his excellent talk. (I agree with you, David -- too many exhibitions have too much stuff in them. But this light beam stays!)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A small room behind a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.

The window is a single pane structure. I know this not from looking but from the structure's effect on my body. I am shivering; it is cold; the cold is coming through the window.

Mine is a structural problem. Something fundamental has to change. I can't live without a window, nor with one. A second window immediately before or after the first one.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Trendy Life

Ah, "The Trendy Life." Following trends, setting them, living amongst them, degraded by them, cast aside because of them.