Saturday, August 29, 2015

Storming Over Vancouver

Lots of rain in the forecast -- and now a wind warning!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Reservoirs in the Sky (1947)

The People's Co-op Bookstore is one of the few remaining bookstores in Vancouver. Founded in 1947, it is also among the world's oldest.

Also in 1947, the British Columbia Department of Education's Department of Visual Education made a film on the Greater Vancouver Water District.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Labour Day Book Drive

Just a reminder that the People's Co-op Bookstore Labour Day book drive is eleven days away. Lower Mainlanders who would like to donate their used or new books to the store, please call 604 253 6442 or email and we will come by on Monday September 7th and pick them up.

Hmmm, I see that the image above belongs not to the people but to Getty. Think we can do better.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer Writing

Earlier this year I conducted an interview with Erik von Muller and Lee Plested, the principals behind The Apartment. The result is a feature article in the summer issue of Canadian Art magazine.

While the article concludes with von Muller and Plested talking optimistically of the Apartment's "future plans," it was recently made public that the gallery would close at the end of August.

Fans of the gallery should not despair -- Plested will continue his work with rich people. This fall he is co-ordinating Griffin Art Projects, a private enterprise focused on "creating context and scholarship for works that are held in private collections." He is also back for a third season at the Contemporary Art Gallery's Night School.

More recently I was asked by the New Centre for Research & Practice to provide a response to Maria Lind's August 25th supercommunity post, the result of which can be found here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Baal and the Buddhas

News agencies are reporting that Isil has blown up Syria’s Temple of Baal-Shamin. Originally built for the god Baal in AD 17, the temple had served as a Christian church since the 5th century.

Last time we heard about a group blowing up old stuff was in March, 2001, when the Taliban of Mullah Omar ordered the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Six months later came the events of 9/11.

 Not sure what to believe on the topic of Isil. Seems whoever is deciding the news is making a strong case against them.

So where is this news headed? Will there be a single event to consolidate all of Isil's actions, as there was on September 11?

Six months from now is February. Both Canada and the United States will have new governments.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Reading

Seems the more I read, the more my time is taken up by writers who have a lot to say on topics they know everything about. Very little ignorance is conveyed in these writings, and I am certain I am not the only one who believes that the ignorant conversation is lacking and someone should do something about it.

Sunday, August 23, 2015