Saturday, January 31, 2009

Desk space

If you wanna see where I work, with all of its IKEA shame, go to Evie Christie's Desk Space!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

That Lemon Hound!

Here you will find a shameless rip-off of Rejected Essay Titles by Jon Paul Fiorentino, Sarah Steinberg and David McGimpsey. After we collaborated on this bit for a while, I then ripped off Steinberg and McGimpsey by putting the funniest ones in my book, Asthmatica. Anyways, Sina's are awesome!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Oh my god! Stephen Street!

It has just come to my attention just how much of the music I love has been produced or written by Stephen Street. I knew about his involvement in Viva Hate/Bona Drag by Morrissey and the all the Blur albums, but The Kaiser Chiefs! The Courteeners! Graham Coxon! The Pretenders! Lloyd Cole! Sleeper! Oh my! I should have known!

Go to his website to discover his work and his story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mystery shopped

Check it out: Mystery Shopped at Joyland.

Monday, January 12, 2009

One day goodbye will be farewell

This is my favourite song from Morrissey's new album. It's kind of hilarious. The message is not: DON'T abuse the one you love, but just BE CAREFUL when you abuse the one you love. I guess Morrissey is saying pick your spots when you need to abuse.

It also contains the lines: "I have been thinking (what with?) / My final brain cell." Which cracks me up.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Winter Schedule & Update

On Tuesday, I teach one of my favourite courses at Concordia -- The Creative Process. I introduce students to the work of many amazing contemporary and canonical writers and encourage them to discover their own process and poetics.

This Thursday, I head to Toronto to film The Way of the Smock: The Making of Stripmalling, with Evan Munday, Michael Holmes, and others. It should be a sufficiently embarrassing mockumentary.

Next week we begin to put together the next issue of Matrix -- The Anxiety Issue, edited by Mikhail Iossel and John Goldbach. If you haven't heard of John, you will. I just finished edits on his first book, Selected Blackouts, and it's very good. It will be out with Insomniac on the Serotonin/Wayside imprint in a few months.

Stripmalling is in the can, with final dust jacket and pages. I will be a bundle of nerves until it is safely in my hands. You can check out a chapter from Stripmalling on in the next day or two. Also take a look at my website which has the cover of the book and the blurbs. (Guy Maddin, Emily Schultz, and Joe Meno!)

On March 1st, I go to Hamilton to launch Stripmalling. And on March 2nd, I am doing This Is Not A Reading Series for the Toronto Stripmalling launch.

There are other things I am not allowed to talk about yet, but they should be fun!