Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
This is news?
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
I'm going to be heading to the Andre Kertesz show at Stephen Bulger gallery. Stephen Bulger is definitely one of the best places to see photography in the city (TPW, Monte Clark and Prefix are some of the others).
For those who don't want to spend time inside there's this.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
What I'm Reading
Monday, August 22, 2005
Target Ads Hit the Spot?
Friday, August 19, 2005
The New Yorker Way Off Target?
Gothamist blogs about it. And the Sun-Times has some choice words for David Remnick and Co. calling it "the most jaw-dropping collapse of the so-called sacred wall between editorial and advertising in modern magazine history." Target has called on some of the industry's best illustrators (some of 'em regularly contribute to the New Yorker) to blur the line a little more. Heck even the red and white beach balls on the covers look a touch like Target bullseyes! The Target issue irks magazine types but as Slate points out it's part of a long line of marketing and branding innovations that Target has been responsible for. And in the Wal Mart dominated retail environment, every store needs every edge it can get.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Ain't No Party Like A Subway Party
Deep below the streets of Toronto on Planet Earth, subterranean bliss erupts before your eyes. You step onto a subway car, hear three chimes and suddenly you are riding the rocket. Ads are replaced with art, aliens blow bubbles, astronauts dance and robots sing. On Tuesday, August 16th, you are invited to join a subway party for a night of cosmic proportions. Bring: costumes, instruments, bubbles, decorations, cameras, space toys, glowsticks, moon boots or just a friend to the southbound track of Downsview station at 11:22 PM. Your destination: alpha centauri! You blast off with enough time to catch the last rocket back to Earth.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
Ride the Rocket subway party
Downsview Station, Toronto
11:22pm. Meet at the end of the southbound track.
- Lori and Kevin
Be there or be square.
Monday, August 15, 2005
In Praise of Blackouts
I had a great time yesterday at the Blackout anniversary/Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market. The 2003 blackout was pretty important to me, it was really the first collective experience that I had in Toronto. Something that made me feel like the city was mine and that I wasn't someone that I had moved here. Biking home and seeing some take charge and direct traffic, and others just plain happy to be out of work a bit early will be pretty damn memorable.
My friend Paige wrote about how there should be an imposed blackout once a year, and Christopher Hume tongue in cheekly wrote about how the blackout is a portent of the apocalypse, and maybe the end-of-the world won't be so bad. Me, I prefer the idea of a candle night, A la Japan.
Friday, August 12, 2005
The Claws Come Out!
Who am I kidding, you lazy farts won't click the link. Here's the excerpt from Gawker:
From The Nation’s review of Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of It All:
One of the open secrets of literary life is that it’s easier to get a book deal for a first novel, or for a work of nonfiction, than it is to get a short story or an article published in a serious magazine. This is because book publishing now revolves less around the book itself than around the marketability of the author — physical appearance; ethnicity, race, religion or sexuality; media or social connections — while serious magazine publishing, for all of its shortcomings, is still about writing.
This prompts two thoughts. First: Oh, snap. You’re gonna take that, publishing folks? And second: Lee Siegel just made us feel better about ourselves. How unusual.
I've Got it Bad and That Ain't Good. or is it?
Judging from the overall positive media coverage that Steven Johnson is getting for Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Pop Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter, everyone and Malcolm Gladwell seems to believe it too.
We live in a heyday of pop culture. There's probably more artists working today producing everything from zines and Flash-based games to predictable sitcoms and blockbuster films. It's not whether all of this pop culture is dumbing us down but whether we have the energy and inclination to find something better.
Why watch Fear Factor or the Apprentice or America's Next Top Model when you can watch the Simpson's, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Sopranos or Six Feet Under? I'm looking forward to reading Johnson's book.
If you're interested in reading insightful, critical and well written stuff on what most consider pop culture dreck check out my friend Jim Munroe's group blog the Cultural Gutter.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
This one's for the ladies.... here's Norman looking stylish in Now. OW.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Margaret Wente and her SUV
"It’s no accident that bus and subway riders are mostly young and poor. They take public transit not because it’s the better way, but because they can’t afford to drive. The moment they get a little older and a little better off, they move to the suburbs and buy a car. The only cities where the middle-aged middle classes resort to public transit (London, New York) are places where driving and parking in the city core are nearly impossible."
This isn't the first time our Accidental Canadian has professed her love for SUVs. But seeing how we're on the 57th smog day of the summer and gas prices are at record highs you figure she'd change her tune.
Responses here and all over the letters page today. Margaret this is what I think of your SUV.