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November 6th, 2009 • Posted in Nigel Beale Photos

Weed of the Week.

Searched for a good dandelion poem to attend this image. Came up blank. Waited for a while for a muse visitation…No such luck. All I got was ‘fuzzy saffron,  sunshine, square circled faces,writhing and twisting, attention seeking, …peaches, natural beauty…mine, thine, and still spaces’… lame. Still. Hopefully you’ll get something of the same peaceful vibe I got when with it in the wild.

November 6th, 2009 • Posted in On Book Collecting

Another used book sale. Montreal this time. Tomorrow. Westmount Public Library

In case you didn’t get enough satisfaction today at the Rockcliffe Book Fair…which incidentally goes until Sunday…why not drive on down to Montreal where The Friends of the Westmount Public Library will be holding its fall book sale on Saturday (that’s tomorrow) and Sunday, November 7 and 8 at 10 a.m. Thousands of quality used books on all topics will be offered at ‘very low prices’. 4574 Sherbrooke St West.
November 6th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

It’s my Life meets Haversham


Haversham by Carol Ann Duffy

Beloved sweetheart bastard.  Not a day since then
I haven’t wished him dead.  Prayed for it
so hard I’ve
dark green pebbles for eyes,
ropes on the back of my hands
I could strangle with.
Spinster.  I stink and remember.  Whole days
in bed
cawing Nooooo at the wall; the dress
yellowing, trembling if I open the wardrobe;
the slewed mirror, full-length,
her, myself
, who did this
to me?  Puce curses that are sounds not words.
Some nights better, the lost body over me,
my fluent tongue in its mouth in its ear
then down till  suddenly
bite awakeLove’s
hate behind a white veil; a
red balloon bursting
in my face.  Bang.  I stabbed at a wedding cake.
Give me a
male corpse for a long slow honeymoon.
Don’t think it’s only the heart
that b-b-b-breaks.

Great poem. Great song. Each terrific on their own. But together? Takes a bit of getting used to…especially the sudden ending.Here are the lyrics to It’s my Life, if it helps…

Funny how i find myself in love with you
If i could buy my reasoning I’d would pay to lose
One half won’t do
I’ve asked myself
How much do you commit yourself?

It’s my life
Don’t you forget
It’s my life
It never ends

Funny how i blind myself
I never knew if i was sometimes played upon
Afraid to lose
I’d tell myself what good you do
Convince myself

It’s my life
Don’t you forget
It’s my life
It never ends

I’ve asked myself
How much do you commit yourself?

It’s my life
Don’t you forget
Caught in the crowd
It never ends.

November 6th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Video of Nick Cave on the rejection of his Gladiator ll script

November 6th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Five Young Fiction writers to watch (and read)

The 2009 National Book Foundation’s 5 (fiction writers) Under 35 Honorees Are:

Ceridwen Dovey, Blood Kin (Viking, 2008)
Selected by
Rachel Kushner, 2008 Fiction Finalist for Telex from Cuba

C. E. Morgan, All the Living (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009)
Selected by
Christine Schutt, 2004 Fiction Finalist for Florida

Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
(HarperCollins, 2009)
Selected by
Salvatore Scibona, 2008 Fiction Finalist for The End

Karen Russell, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
(Vintage, 2006)
Selected by
Dan Chaon, 2001 Fiction Finalist for Among the Missing

Josh Weil, The New Valley (Grove Press, 2009)
Selected by
Lily Tuck, 2004 Fiction Winner for The News from Paraguay


November 6th, 2009 • Posted in On Book Collecting

On Your Marks…Rockcliffe Book Fair starts tomorrow…

Storming of the breach by Prussian troops during the Battle of Leuthen, 1757, Carl Röchling (1855-1920)

The Rockcliffe Bookfair at Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottawa kicks off tomorrow morning November 6 at 10:00am. I’ve heard stories of the carnage left from the initial charge of book dealers as they elbow their way to the shelves, scooping armloads into boxes, littering the floor with rejects…I hope to get down there with a camera to capture some of the bloodshed.

The fair goes from 10 am to 9 pm on Friday; Saturday November 7, 2009: 10 am to 6 pm Sunday November 8, 2009:11 am to 5 pm. It’s not to be missed.