Literature

Our Laurence Miall ~ Blind Spot

by on September 26, 2014

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We are delighted to announce that regular Paltry contributor, Laurence Miall has produced his first novel, Blind Spot which came out on Newest Press last month. In Edmonton to launch the book, he stopped by CJSR FM88 for a chat on the Ipso Factory. The interview begins at the 0:05:18 mark but I recommend letting Robbie Fulks’ Night Accident provide the introduction. The song hits the right mood and, …
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Geoff Berner ~ Festival Man

by on January 30, 2014

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Travel in the entertaining company of a man made of equal parts bullshit and inspiration, in what is ultimately a twisted panegyric to the power of strange music to change people from the inside out.

At turns funny and strangely sobering, this “found memoir” is a picaresque tale of inspired, heroic deceit, incompetence, and – just possibly – triumph. Follow the flailing escapades of maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette at


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The Tall Tale Of An Alternative Burn’s Supper

by on January 24, 2014

Haggis: live and prepared

There were none but Scotsmen present at the event in question so we cannot claim to have a reliable account of what went on, but, according to at least one scurvy Caledonian, it began with a general malaise that settled on the city of Glasgow. A restless dissatisfaction held the entire population in its grip. Blandly and blindly, the people went through their daily routines, stopping …
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The Genius Of Jersey Shore Declared

by on January 17, 2014

Santino Fontana and David Furr of the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest deliver some Jersey Shore witticisms in Wilde character. Whilst ever Jersey Shore can be satirized, hope yet remains.

Many more after the jump.…
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Thomas Pynchon’s Sofas

by on October 17, 2013

Take A Load Off

(Brand name: Axn, Agency: 1861 United)

I seem to recall having had more than one testy tete-a-tete while perched on the edge of this very piece of furniture. The original prototype is owned by Dr. Hilarius who makes use of it in psycho-analytical practice (having obtained it in the hotly contested, but rarely mentioned crying of lot 48). Rest upon these eggs and tell me
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Sapien Cinema ~ Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard

by on June 21, 2013

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Autoluminescent, documentary of the late Rowland S. Howard (1959 – 2009) is available for viewing on the Youtubes, enjoy it while that lasts. (I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to finally see it.) Released in 2011, the film is stark and sad, intimate and feral, and so brilliantly matches the music of one of rock’s most distinctive guitarists, one with flick-knives for fingers, who always left blood on …
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Billy Childish ~ I Go With What I Am Like

by on June 2, 2013

Prolific musician, writer, painter, mustache-cultivator, and Artist in Residence at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, Billy Childish gives a few minutes of his valuable time to Berlin’s eNtR.

Part 2 after the break. …
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Joyce’s Phantom Power

by on March 17, 2013

I am prepared to affirm this proposition: only James Joyce could read Finnegan’s Wake. It is not my desire to assert that only James Joyce could read it insofar as that verb can signify studying it closely in order to ascertain its meaning. Instead, I would invite you to consider the possibility that the characters who speak, for example, in the scene whose improbable, necromantic reading we owe to …
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Happy Birthday, Edward Gorey

by on February 22, 2013

Born this day in history, the incomparable Edward Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000).

There is no going to town in a bath tub.


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Burns Day Musings On My Glasgow Years (and on my love for Ivor Cutler)

by on January 26, 2013

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There should be an annual celebration of Scottish oddness running from January 15th to the 25th. It would end with the usual Burns Supper Bacchanalia of dubious cuisine, impenetrable verse and bellicose tea towels, but it would begin with a more modest acknowledgment of the birthday of Glasgow’s most lovable wordsmith Ivor Cutler (15 January 1923 – 3 March 2006). Cutler’s poems, stories and songs (typically played …
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Vancouver Poetry Slam – Delicious Reason With or Without Rhyme

by on January 11, 2013

VanslamSince the advent of self-awareness, we have sought to define our existence, to find purpose in the amalgamation of matter and time, to mine the answers to those questions skirting the edge of understanding.  The act of communication is a manifestation of this need and as we learned to form the words we would hang upon the face of our thoughts, we discovered the lyrical mystery of language; its ability …
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200 Word Reviews: Roadside Picnic

by on November 14, 2012

Long wishlisted and newly available on the Kindle*, The Strugatskys’ Roadside Picnic is to its filmed version, Tarkovsky’s Stalker, as Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is to Scott’s Bladerunner. From the movies, you’d expect Dashiell Hammet in the 21st century for the Dick and ordure-tinged, post-apocaplyptic Dostoevsky for the Strugatskys, but you get humour from both, and Stalker didn’t have zombies**.  Roadside Picnic
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