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Archive for January, 2004

In the details

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

Theodor Adorno is notorious for using deliberately difficult syntax, for building sentences that resemble roadblocks instead of road maps. I don’t always like this strategy, but I like the goal, if it’s to estrange the perceiving subject from well-worn paths, from comfort, from swallowing “truths” without having to chew over a single morsel. And while […]

Some beginnings

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Yes, I used to be an art historian, an academic with a possibly not unpromising career, until by the end of the 1990s other life stuff made its claim with the force of a wooden stake through the heart. Since nothing in life is ever simple, that sensation was furthermore exquisite, both painful and pleasurable. […]

Hallucinating in a peignoir, bright lights

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

I usually leave my occasionally oddball family out of the blog, but this is too good to resist. Have I mentioned before that two of my six older sisters live in Tokyo? Mesdames Ikuta and Nakazawa, sister number one and sister number six, respectively. The latter designs jewelry using rare and funky pearls, and the […]

Weather report for alligators

Monday, January 26th, 2004

I recommended Grace Llewellyn’s The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education to a friend a while ago. Excerpts are available online, but I decided to get the book from the library for a quick refresher (with one upshot being that my 9-year old daughter and 12-year old […]


Sunday, January 25th, 2004

Stu Savory blogs today about Robbie Burns, except I can understand nary a word of it as he’s written it in real and phonetic Scots. Naturally, my demented sense of humour makes me think of Edmund Blackadder (the Third), discussing the Welsh and Wales with his dogsbody, Baldrick. Scotland isn’t Wales, I know, but after […]

We’re part of the crowd. Alas.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

Margaret Atwood has a few words to say about some recent Iranian literature written by women. (The reference to this new magazine, The Walrus, also via The Dominion: thanks!) Setting the initial scene with a pointer to three books — by Bernard Lewis, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and Amin Maalouf — on the history of the Arab/ […]

Fat man not walking

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

I recently started reading The Dominion Daily Weblog, and read the following statistics via The Globe and Mail: …Amish men walk an average of 18,425 steps daily, and women an average of 14,196 steps. One man logged an incredible 51,000 steps in a single day while plowing fields behind a team of horses. In studies […]

Choice means you’re not sorry

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

Checking in just now with AlterNet, I learned from Jennifer Baumgardner’s article that today is I’m Not Sorry Day. And I’m glad to say that I’m not sorry, either.

Comments broken?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

Comments aren’t showing up here, at least I can’t see them. Funky link?

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