The Arts

A Man Alone

by on April 2, 2011

The travel literature I seek isn’t guides but stories that despite their occasional harrowing moments pique my curiousity and make me want to visit a place. The books describe not a trip but a journey, something open. They are road movies searching for something vague and possibly unreachable.

I read Paul Theroux’s Riding the Iron Rooster before I left Toronto for Taipei many years ago while I had three months …
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Larry Wilmore ~ Obama And The Comfortable Level Of Black

by on March 31, 2011

Special black correspondent of the Daily Show, Larry Wilmore provided the laughs at the Congressional Correspondents DInner last night.

Rep. Antony Weiner also spoke and got some sharp licks in, while Senator Rand Paul came across as exactly what he is.

If you’re keen to watch the proceedings in their entirety, they are up at the C-Span library.…
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Homo Erectus – March 31

by on March 31, 2011

March 31

How awkward.


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Marc Chalifoux – Photographer

by on March 30, 2011

The talented and widely traveled Marc Chalifoux shares his art in a newly launched photo blog.

Taipei 101 At Night

Varanasi, India


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Three Big Pigs And A Lot Of Angry Birds

by on March 30, 2011

A fable updated and relocated:

More by Egor Zhgun.

Via Cartoon Brew
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Dept Of The Twitching Homunculus

by on March 29, 2011

Killing Joke at the East Side Club, Philadelphia, 1981.

The following year the band would relocate to Iceland, the better to survive the impending apocalypse, proving – yet again – that a little Aleister Crowley can be a dangerous thing.

Via Dangerous Minds
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Cooking with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

by on March 28, 2011

Vanity Fair interviews Nathan Myhrvold – whose cookbook was mentioned previously here - and features some of his favourite food. Myhrvold says his favourite appliance is a centrifuge, which a few of the recipes he mentions, including  grits, use.  He talks about comfort food but ‘homey’ and ‘comfort’ are not adjectives I apply to stuff made in a lab not a kitchen. His idea of very simple is an omelette …
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Miss Representation: a documentary

by on March 28, 2011

I’m not usually one for promoting “after-school special” type docs. However, this film looks well-made, contains meaningful montages, smart narration, and features a roster of high-achieving women speaking out on the issue of sexualized and degrading representations of women in the media. The message, quite simply, is “you can’t be what you can’t see”. If young women see no real examples of smart and successful women in the media (when …
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Dept of Tender Giants

by on March 28, 2011

Arthur Russell is without question among the most compelling and fascinating figures of modern American music and the New York avant-garde scene of the 70’s and 80’s (trailer for documentary on Russell here). Russell died of AIDS in 1992 but remained active and composing to his final days, in the midst of miserable side effects including throat cancer and its attendant chemotherapy . This gorgeous vocal duet with cello, …
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A Canadian Federal Election (Again)

by on March 27, 2011

To mark yet another federal election in Canada, the 4th in 7 years, I post Troy Hurtubise, the archetypal Canadian (or a Canadian of an archetype) and his mission, vocation, doom, to attempt to make a Grizzly-proof suit as the metaphor for the trials of the long-suffering Canadian electorate.

Troy, the Canadian voting public, and the Grizzly suit take more shit after the break.


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Stop Podcasting Yourself

by on March 26, 2011

Stop Podcasting Yourself is hosted by Vancouver-based comics Dave Shumka and Graham Clark (and features a weekly guest). Since joining the podcast roster at Maximum Fun a year ago, SPY’s audience has grown, spreading across North America like the spore-bearing fruits of a very funny fungus. Mushroomed, you could say.

The free, weekly, and unscripted podcast is now up to episode 158(!) This is the perfect decompression podcast for the …
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Egypt, Bahrain, Libya – A Photo Journal

by on March 26, 2011

AP photographer John Moore narrates a photo journal of his six weeks amid the tumult of the Arab Spring.


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