The AGO goes AbEx: All in the Family -- and a side of dystopian doom   > read more...


Monday 30 May 2011

The family feel comes from the vivid sense of a movement, even quite literally of clubbiness that comes from the "Club" where artists and hangers-on congregated in a loft on East Eighth Street. Individual as they were and very different as is their work, they also knew each other and were keenly aware of themselves as a group.

[And the side? Edward Burtynsky's stunning "Oil," at the ROM.]


Monsieur Montreal Culture: The Passion of Simon Brault   > read more...


Friday 27 May 2011

Not just Monsieur Culture Montréal, in other words, but Monsieur Montreal Culture. Brault wasn’t playing to a particularly mixed crowd. There might have been 300 of us in the audience, and I saw only a couple of other Anglos and one Spaniard; there were undoubtedly other non-Francophones I did not recognize, but there were no Anglophone media other than myself, if I can be counted a journalist. La Presse covered the event, but The Gazette did not. There are times, even today, when Montreal seems to live on one planet in English and on another one in French.

The Lion in Winter: Gore Vidal   > read more...


Saturday 21 May 2011

When Raboy passed the torch to the audience, a young woman went up to the microphone to ask Vidal, “What is the most important thing in life for you?”

Vidal thought for a moment before saying a single word, “Anaesthetic.” 

Anaesthetic there had been and anaesthetic there would be.

Whimsy in Granite: Hope Cemetery   > read more...


Wednesday 18 May 2011

THERE IS NO ROOM

FOR SECOND PLACE.

THERE'S ONLY ONE PLACE,

AND THAT'S FIRST PLACE.

-- Inscription on Davis soccer ball gravestone, Hope Cemetery, Barre VT.


Detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei appears to be tense. No kidding.   > read more...


Tuesday 17 May 2011

Photo: Cynthia Copper

The artist Ai Weiwei, who has not been seen since he was apprehended by Chinese authorities on April 3, 2011, has been permitted a visit by his wife, the artist Lu Qing.

Bravo to CALQ on its Forum on Quebec writing -- with an aside   > read more...


Friday 13 May 2011

I find myself wondering if there might be a storytelling session for children in English one of these days -- an Heure du conte en anglais. All of which is reason to be encouraged by the organization of the Forum itself -- and by the evident care taken to be inclusive.

From Kenneth Radu: Stepping Out of Line - An Appreciation of the Poetry of Susan Gillis   > read more...


Thursday 12 May 2011

In these poems there’s much ado about walking and climbing, using one’s legs in muck and water, and leaving behind one’s footprint in the sand. We can take the walk to mean an entire poetic apprehension of the poet’s experience in the world. Yes, I quite like that.

From Kim McKenzie Galvez: On Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei   > read more...


Wednesday 11 May 2011

Bringing the art world together to condemn Ai Weiwei's disappearance: Sculptor Anish Kapoor has condemned China's "barbaric" detention of artist Ai Weiwei and has called on galleries to close for a day in protest. Ai - an outspoken critic of China's human rights record - has not been heard from since he was arrested in Beijing at the start of April. Kapoor has dedicated his monumental Leviathan art installation in Paris, unveiled on Tuesday, to Ai. Artists must speak with "a communal voice", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.


From Kenneth Radu: Comment on Writing in the Time of Nationalism   > read more...


Tuesday 10 May 2011

"Written in a gracefully accessible prose and enlivened by a wry wit, unaffectedly modest but confident in tone, alert to resentments and undercurrents, on this subject which she knows so intimately and thoroughly, Leith’s book is a necessary read. Besides, I am indexed. And one feels one has arrived when one has been indexed." -- Kenneth Radu

The Future of Quebec Writing documents, news   > read more...


Friday 6 May 2011

For those who cannot be there, and for those who can.

The Future of Quebec Writing   > read more...


Thursday 5 May 2011

Weekend Forum on Quebec writing at the Grande Bibliothèque.

Publishers' Weekly Publisher Cevin Bryerman in Montreal   > read more...


Wednesday 4 May 2011

“The world is changing, and we’re trying to change with it.”

The book industry needs to get its act together: Petition to boycott HarperCollins   > read more...


Wednesday 4 May 2011

Pitched battles between publishers and librarians are not going to help anyone survive the digital revolution.

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