Monday, April 28, 2008
Watch it, share it, pan it, forget it.
ADDED: Ian gives a little background here.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Here's my review of Kelman's previous novel, You Have To Be Careful In The Land Of The Free, from way back in 2004.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
What's he on about this time? Why, gettin' loaded, of course:
For the relaxations of the spirit which is wisdom some kind of narcotic is essential, I think. It disturbs routine existence enough to suggest the infinite. Teetotallers are often cultural go-getters & over-rationalized. Their rhythm is all wrong. In the Middle Ages everybody was stewed in beer all day long.
(From here, as always)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The piece Alex composed (and performed) was odd, spiky, hypnotizing, and way beyond what I would have settled for. I would have been happy with entertainment, and the fucking guy brought music – which is why I love his stuff.
Ian Daffern’s film loop was even more hypnotizing – we may be doing something more with it.
I was glad to be able to thank certain people who helped out, and I’m glad the books sold – not only for my own egotistic purposes, but because Chris Reed and Pages put so much into this event, I didn’t want to lay an egg. I was especially glad that I could publicly thank Phil Rudz for the fantastic cover he made for the book. I’ve heard that people were getting him to sign the cover, which is at it should be.
Everything from now on is gravy, as far as I'm concerned.
Some photos therefrom (courtesy of Chris Reed) -
The Weeklongs - a.k.a. Ryan Driver, Brodie West, Alex Lukashevsky, and Colin Fisher:
Some dork and his Powerpoint presentation:
Thanks to all who came out.
ADDED: More photos here.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Here's the money quote:
A good novel can take you some place you've never been. But it takes a great one to take you some place you've been a thousand times and show it to you anew.Holy mac.
Please read the whole thing here.
And don't forget: the big launch is this Wednesday, 7 pm, at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
I've also got events coming up in Montreal, Ottawa, and beyond. (Plus more Toronto readings.) See here (under "News") for more events.
ADDED: if you haven't seen the window display at Pages Books, see below (courtesy of Chris Reed, who took the photos).
And closer up:
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Bookstores should start getting copies in stock around April 12th. Pages at Queen & John will have copies earlier than that, I believe. (And they will soon have a window display for the book – go see it if you can.)
Also, for the next two months, the Revue Cinema will be running an ad for the book before every movie.
A million thanks to everyone who helped to make this book happen, most especially Michael Holmes and everyone at ECW Press, Ciabh (my goodwyfe), Phil, who did the cover, posters, ad, and much more, and everyone else who helped, offered advice and support, or just generally helped me on my way, most of whom I remembered to thank in the book itself.
ADDED: The Library Journal review is now online. (Scroll down.)
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
(I tried not to let the thing devolve into a series of one-liners, but only partly succeeded.)
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Unfortunately, this is neither good nor clean:
Max Mosley, one of the most powerful men in world sport, was under pressure to resign as boss of Formula One’s governing body last night after he was exposed enjoying a Nazi-style orgy with five prostitutes.Really? The Nazi angle wasn't creepy enough so he had to add a lice check? This is the point where most people would look at their genitals and say, "you know, I'm starting to think I shouldn't listen to you so much."
Jewish groups condemned the behaviour of Mosley, 67, whose father, Sir Oswald, was the leader of the British Union of Fascists and a friend of Adolf Hitler.
Mr Mosley was caught on video by the News of the World with five women in an underground “torture chamber” in Chelsea, where he spent several hours allegedly indulging in sado-masochistic sex.
The Oxford-educated former barrister, who is president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), reenacted a concentration camp scene in which he played the role of both guard and inmate.
Speaking in German and brandishing a leather whip, he beat the women after allowing himself to be subjected to a humiliating inspection for lice and an interrogation in chains. [Emphasis added, maybe unnecessarily]