Archive for August, 2011

Blog #19: Marketing Fathers and chopping Fiji

TweetI’m pushing ever deeper into the marketing jungle. Marketing was not something I anticipated, six years ago when I wrote the first anthology item—the Bruce Chatwin introduction, if I remember rightly. Now, though, I need a sharp machete to hack a path through website, twitter, facebook, internet, radio and tv interviews, street busking, literary festivals, [...]

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Blog # 19: “Glow little glow-worm, glow”

Tweet“Glow little glow worm, glow” Over the weekend, I started reading Jon Meacham’s Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, a sprightly account of the friendship between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Early on in the book, I came across the following bon mot, “We are all worms, but I do [...]

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Blog #18: James Baldwin and the London riots.

TweetLondon is burning. The tragedy of the riots scarring London hijacks today’s blog. It is hard not to connect the massive mob vandalism errupting there with the ugliness of our own brief Vancouver riot. There is the same perverse delight in exercising destructive power, the same feral excitement at the breakdown in social order. Like [...]

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Blog #17: Fathers: Always A Part of Us (Part 4 of 4)

TweetAll four of us, too, feel the strain of anticipating Dad’s death. As he did with mom, we want to help him to live as long as possible, we want him as a bulwark against our own demise. We chivvy and badger him to take better care of himself, even as he wonders why he [...]

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