From The Big Book of Canadian Trivia by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray (www.triviaguys.com)
Archive for June, 2009
"When news broke in early 2009 of Michael Jackson’s return to Los Angeles, it was not via reports of him being spotted dining at the Ivy or dancing at the hottest new Hollywood club but book-shopping in Santa Monica.
"He was a longtime and valued customer," a store representative of art and architecture bookstore Hennessey + Ingalls said Thursday. "We’ll miss him."
"If Jackson’s bookstore appearance surprised his pop fans, it was nothing new for booksellers. A few years ago, Doug Dutton, proprietor of then-popular Dutton’s Books in Brentwood, was at a dinner with people from Book Soup, Skylight and other area bookstores.
"Someone mentioned that Michael Jackson had been in their store," Dutton said by phone Thursday, "And everybody said he’d shopped in their store too…He loved the poetry section," Dave Dutton said as Dirk chimed in that Ralph Waldo Emerson was Jackson’s favorite. "I think you would find a great deal of the transcendental, all-accepting philosophy in his lyrics."
…I’ll play along for now with this account of how Emerson dealt with death, from Stephen Barnes (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
I attended Rick Taylor’s excellent Write by the Lake Workshop several years ago. His wife is now offering something similar for artists. email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Kenny tells Susan ‘opened up my eyes
to hockey’s beauty and what it means
to be Canadian.’ A behind-the-net
At the fear of puddling myself: of breaking Sitcom‘s satirical spell, a little serious commentary here: The Americans have ruined the game of hockey; sanitizing it; gutting it of emotion and spirit, the kind of which puts fire in the hearts and bellies of fans. Okay, perhaps the Broad Street Bullies were a bit much, but this fightless, emotionless, dry-cleansed shit they call playoff hockey these days makes one yearn for when players really cared about the game and their team mates, and their fans. Now, for the most part, they’re just pretty businessmen.
Wedding the form of Shakespeare and Browning with touchstones of popular TV culture to reflect upon love and work, marriage and career; life: David McGimpsey read last week in Ottawa from his latest collection of kitch poetry, Sitcom. His delivery consummated this high-low – Hawaii-5-O as a rigid sonnet – relationship, lending irony and humour to words which on their own condemn how we, of his generation, wasted so many hours watching so much shit. An affair to a tired marriage, McGimpsey’s juxtaposings convert banal mythology into inspired commentary. The device is amusing, heightened to hilarity at times, when witnessed in performance.
will be particularly bright for those
who’ve invested in medicated socks.
Cigarettes will make a spectacular
post-cancer comeback and Phillip Morris
will produce a smoke which will last longer
than it takes Neptune to circle the sun,
or however long it takes Sting to have sex…
from Summerland, in David McGimpsey’s Sitcom
Shakespeare, William. Jones, Gwyn (edited by).
London: The Golden Cockerel Press. 1st Golden Cockerel Hardcover Edition. Limited Edition; 162/470., 1960. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Tall 4to (8′ x 12 1/2′).This Cockerel Edition limited to 470 numbered copies, this copy being #162. It is Near Fine+ in dark red polished buckram boards, gilt cockerel stamped at front cover, gilt lettering and small cockerel at spine, deckle edges all around, rag paper content with watermark of cockerel over letters "G" "C" and "P" (Golden Cockerel Press) on last (of 2) blank page. There are no prior owner names labels or inscriptions. No DJ, as issued. The book, while 98% present, does show some minimal signs of wear: one very tiny (less than 1/8 in.), almost invisible, dent to bottom edge, one small (less than 1/4 in.) superficial scratch at front cover, small (less than 1 in.) superficial scratch at rear cover, bottom front corner has minor bump (no grazing), other 3 are quite sharp-cornered. Taken together, these are minor blemishes when compared with the entirety of the book’s overall condition, which is quite elegant. Each chapter begins with a lovely black-and-white block illustration on a page water-marked with the publisher’s cockerel. Sensitively edited by Gwyn Jones, this edition differs from its precursor (and very early) editions in five particulars, all designed to improve its overall modern usage and readability. This is a very rare copy, in quite sound and presentable, if not Gift, condition, of a limited-print run.