I was honoured to be invited to give a pre-screening talk for the Kamloops Film Society’s presentation of The Cleaners. Audio: (42:42 28MB MP3) My presentation slides and references are below. References: Tarleton Gillespie, “The Scale is Just Unfathomable” CBC Spark: “Your photos can be used in ‘catfishing’ romance scams” Alec […]Read more "Information pollution: a companion to The Cleaners"
A sudden chorus of whoops and yibbles burst from a kind of juke box at the far end of the room. Everybody quit talking. The bartender tiptoed back, with the drinks. “What’s happening?” Oedipa whispered. “That’s by Stockhausen,” the hip graybeard informed her, “the early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on […]Read more "First gig"
Michelle laughed when she walked into The Advocate pub, seeing Irwin and me at a table with sheets of paper covered in “R” words amidst the empty pint glasses. Shaking her head, “you guys really have a strange way of spending a sunny day in Edinburgh.” There was no reasonable way to disagree. What had […]Read more "5×5 R’s of Ours (An OER17 Flashback)"
Been in a few conversations lately where I have wanted to quote or point people towards this scene, or this movie, but in the moment it always feels a little weird. In other words, we’re talking about an underground, which did exist during the Dark Ages in a different way, among the mystical orders of […]Read more "In order to maintain the species in a Dark Age (Or, My Beers with Alan and D’Arcy)"
But that word, “fear”—a fluid haze, an elusive clamminess—no sooner has it cropped up than it shades off like a mirage and permeates all words of the language with nonexistence, with a hallucinatory, ghostly glimmer. Thus, fear having been bracketed, discourse will seem tenable only if it ceaselessly confront that otherness, a burden both repellent […]Read more "“a fluid haze, an elusive clamminess”"