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Archive for the ‘Tragedy’ Category

Hard things to look at, the poet as mystic, and Sachiko Murakami’s the Invisibility Exhibit

May 11, 2010

Last week for Influency we read Sachiko Murakami’s Governor General Award-shortlisted book The Invisibility Exhibit. The book is, as described by Jon Paul Fiorentino… …one woman’s fiercely intelligent response to one of society’s most tragic and pressing dilemmas. Murakami reveals and dismantles the rhetoric of the all-too-familiar missing woman narrative. The Invisibility Exhibit is an […]

Sully preaches

August 25, 2009

Cheney was too long with the ring of power. Sullivan responds with what his assistant blogger Chris Bodenner aptly labels “a barnburner.”  Sample: King is right, of course, that the difference between what Bush authorized and the new revelations is non-existent. There is no moral or legal distinction between subjecting someone to 960 hours of […]

9/11 conspiracists circle Ground Zero

August 15, 2009

I’m in New York now and I needed to buy shoes today. My uncle’s boyfriend—who I’d had lunch with—recommended I check out the department store “Century 21” down by the WTC site in lower Manhattan (a very good recommendation, incidentally). Anyway, I decided to walk down from 17th and found my way to the WTC […]

2:30 a.m.

July 18, 2009

As a six and a half foot male I’m not used to being concerned walking alone at night. I still remember the surprise of realizing how different that experience is for women; being constantly aware that every sound of footsteps could herald a rapist, that any shadow could be hiding one. I get some of […]

About when one is disappointed to learn the actual lyrics

July 9, 2009

What I hear sometimes seems so much better than what’s akshully there. Exhibit A: Jimi Hendrix’ “Machine Gun” I love this song. I think, in fact, that it’s my favourite Hendrix song. He’s so there in all that makes him awesome. Anyway, my favourite non-guitar part is—what I thought was—the lyric: Evil man make me […]

Harry & Louise

July 7, 2009

TNR is reporting that the banking industry is planning on brushing off the health insurance industry’s old tactic of inventing mascot “typical Americans” to deliberately mislead the public. Consumers—which I hesitate to equate with “the public,” though it’s certainly closer to it than the bank lobby—aren’t going to take it lying down: The [banking] coalition […]