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Archive for October, 2004


Sunday, October 31st, 2004

It is Hallowe’en, and I don’t feel like blogging anything at all. But I did just spend a bit of time responding to Brian‘s comment to my Oct. 27 entry on Heath & Potter’s book The Rebel Sell. Now I’m written out, though. Go read the comment(s).

Consuming distaste

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

If you live in Canada, you can buy a recently published book, The Rebel Sell, by Torontonians Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter. In the US, it will be published under a different title: Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture. I like the original title better — it makes me feel cleverer, and that’s […]

One pill makes you larger….

Monday, October 25th, 2004

Here’s a great article about sex worth reading. It sort of describes the White Rabbit‘s fall * into a third hole… Speaking of drugs: I had my flu shot last week. I usually think of Victoria as an end-point on a rock in the ocean: we’re on an island, and this is not exactly the […]

I love archives

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

This is the sort of thing that makes my heart beat faster: Adorno’s personal archive — library holdings, papers, letters, even his piano — is moving to its own space in the Institut f

Customer on strike

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

The following is something I wrote in response to a bunch of posts at Shelley‘s, which I first thought I’d post as a comment here, or maybe here but when it got longer and longer, seemed too overbearing for a comments board. But please, read these entries at Burningbird if you haven’t already. This topic […]

Hypocrite parents

Friday, October 15th, 2004

It’s clearly of a piece that Dick Cheney and his wife would be indignant over Kerry mentioning their daughter’s homosexuality on the one hand, and that George Bush and his wife on the other are dead-set against stem-cell research. That piece is called double standard. I wish that more members of “first families” in the […]

Better late than not at all

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

It’s taking me longer to get around the blog neighbourhood these days, and so I missed Doug‘s terrific pointer to Sarah McLachlan’s World on Fire video earlier this month. McLachlan and friends spent one tenth [correction: one tenthousandth] of a typical high-end music-biz budget to make this video, and gave the other nine-tenths (in a […]

Jacques Derrida — Ghost Dance

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

Jacques Derrida died of cancer in Paris during the night from Friday to Saturday, Oct. 8; he was 74. Since it’s not a very well-known film, I decided to dig out a couple of paragraphs I wrote nearly 20 years ago about Ghost Dance, made by Ken McMullen in 1983. Among others, it starred Jacques […]

How soon is now?

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

In March 1990 I saw a tv commercial, which I wrote about as follows in my journal: A group of noble and frisky children are trying to “liberate” a good cereal that is hidden away in a dark, impenetrable castle, guarded by a dangerous, huge man dressed in black.  All black, including a hood: he’s […]

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