People who drop in by my blog now and then will notice that things are a little wonky at the moment, a little funky. I’m making a personal change with regard to my writing, and have invested in a professional website which is under construction. In time, you should be able to find my blog […]Read more "Wonk, funk, flux"
Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday I It’s Ash Wednesday. People—Anglicans and Catholics mainly—are getting ashes smudged on their foreheads in recognition of the start of Lent. People are giving up vices and bad habits—caffeine, cigarettes, meat, swearing, sex—for the next forty days. […]Read more "Ashes to ashes"
my love is too complicated to have thrown back on my face Shange, “no more love poems #4” – for colored girls lady in red In rehearsal again. for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. In honour of Ntozake Shange, who died last year, and of Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, who also […]Read more "for colored girls who have considered suicide … (a laying on of hands)"
The New Nationalism | By Robert Schertzer | University of Toronto Magazine — Read on magazine.utoronto.ca/opinion/the-new-nationalism/Read more "The New Nationalism | By Robert Schertzer | University of Toronto Magazine"
It’s 2019. Conversations in the public domain are swinging round to elections, which are coming in two years. (Is it coincidental that conversations in the American public domain are doing the same?) But the conversations are more of the same-old same-old: who makes the best leader, who we want to elect. Who, who, who. There […]Read more "More of the same-old"
Keep getting this in my email: Good day Dо not mind оn my illitеrасy, I am from China. This is your last chance to save your life and my LAST WARNING. I uрlоаded thе mаliciоus рrоgram оn your systеm. Sinсе thаt mоmеnt I рilfеrеd аll рrivy bасkgrоund frоm yоur system. Аdditiоnаlly I have some mоrе […]Read more "A message from my torturer"
There’s a video I shared on Facebook. Its purpose: to explain to the world the real purpose behind the gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement in France. The speaker in the video calls it “the revolution”. We live in a revolutionary age. It’s not something we can escape. Marshall McLuhan, writing long ago, observed that when […]Read more "The NEW age of revolution"
The punchline I’ll tell you a sick joke. All my adult life, I’ve been a taxpayer and a law-abiding citizen, and all my adult life, the things that mean the most to me—knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and creative endeavour—have had no place in the society our politicians have assembled. A year and a half ago, I […]Read more "Independence, Culture, Identity: power, neglect and disrespect"
January 10, 2017. Rawson Square, being occupied by We Marchers. I’m there, live streaming on Facebook, when the marchers come streaming in. There’s a knot of people that’s moving across the square, and when it gets to me I realize it’s Dr. Minnis and his entourage: the (then former) Leader of the Opposition, moving through […]Read more "Independence and ministries of culture"
Here is the presentation I gave at today’s Progressive Forum.Read more "The Progressive Forum (3)"