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Sep.10.2010
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Many undeservedly famous people deserve ridicule – bimbos of both sexes, celebrated only for their substance abuse, flagrant overspending, run-ins with the law and disastrous relationship choices – or the reality TV “stars” who are ordinary in every way except for their overinflated egos.  However...
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Aug.26.2010
A comedian once pointed out that there's little humor in an ordinary person slipping on a banana peel, but we laugh hard when someone rich or pompous falls. Tiger Woods' tour of too many mistresses officially sank his marriage. LiLo's in and out of jail. Mel Gibson's domestic rants become public...
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Aug.19.2010
Writer and editor texting each other about the novel.
Extremely Random House is proud to announce the launch of a first in world literature --the first novel written almost entirely in texting "talk".  Paris, TextUs by author BitchGoddess49 eschews traditional prose, instead preferring short lines and paragraphs loaded with ROTFLMAO, B4,...
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Aug.05.2010
Hey Gregor!
My topic is opening lines, but not the genre that includes "Are you an alien?  "Cause your butt is out of this world!"  It's the literary fictional variety  I'm considering. I've been tinkering with my crime novel-in-progress, and one thing I know it needs is a better opening.  This...
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Jul.09.2010
This is not hard manual labor in action.
As some of you may know (but might have forgotten, as I've been quiet  here lately), my new and selected poetry collection, Time Slip, finally had its launch at the end of May.  It was a great launch, with music, other good books setting forth, and an enthusastic audience.   I've noticed several...
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May.20.2010
The Velvet Underground
  “I could sleep for a thousand years...” Blogging about a favourite pop song is a challenge, because there are so many that I have loved, and lived with, recycling them obsessively on the music player of the day until every drop of lyrical and instrumental juice was drained. Many of the pop songs...
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May.18.2010
Me holding the new one.
Today, I finally got to hold in my hot little -- strike that, medium-sized -- hands my new book.  Yes, after epic delays and even a change of press management, Time Slip is poised to make me  the Lady Gaga of middle-aged white male poetry.  Or something. Seriously, as you can see from the picture,...
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Mar.11.2010
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It was the summer of 1967, and I was about to graduate from high school and launch into university.  Throughout most of high school, I belonged to a Unitarian  group, Liberal Religious Youth, which was (ahem) rather more liberal than religious in nature.  I attended  great conferences all over the...
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Feb.24.2010
This is the last time I'll bug you about one of my blogs on OpenBook Toronto, as I'm just about done my Writer in Residence stint  there.  This one, as the title above suggests, is about various ways (many suggested by creative writing students) to get around that pyramid sitting on your...
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Feb.23.2010
My latest OpenBook Toronto blog describes the eternal battle between spam filters on your incoming email and the spammers' random text-generating bots, with the focus on whether this might actually produce some literature.  By the way, flarfs and spoems are now poetry genres, if you were wondering...
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Feb.22.2010
In my latest blog at OpenBookToronto, I meditate on my probable place in the literary pantheon and posterity. That's a lot of P's.  At least I get off some good anecdotes about my varied experiences with the great and obscure in the high-stakes world of poetry publishing. http://www.openbooktoronto...
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Feb.18.2010
INVASION FORCE BURNS US CAPITAL! PRESIDENT FORCED TO FLEE TO VIRGINIA! FOREIGN OFFICERS EAT HIS DINNER! YANKEES SACK TORONTO! BEAUTIFUL SPY BRIBES US SOLDIERS WITH MILK CHOCOLATE MADE FROM PET COW, SNEAKS SECRET MESSAGE TO BRITISH LIEUTENANT! PRIVATEERS PLAGUE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN, LAKE ONTARIO!...
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Feb.16.2010
The inclusion in the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony of a short piece about Canada titled "We Are More" by slam poet Shane Koyczan has started a huge controversy across literary Canada.  Slam (and Shane) fans are predictably overjoyed at this recognition, while those who like their...
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Feb.11.2010
Are e-books already a thing of the past?  The vook, a video and social-networking -enhanced approach to text, is now being marketed.  Anne Rice  and Simon & Schuster have jumped onto this bandwagon already. Find out more at my blog on www.openbooktoronto.com.
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Feb.09.2010
With a title like that, you're probably expecting a more extensive blog here.  But really I'm just shilling for my two latest entries as Writer in Residence at the Toronto writing/publishing site www.openbooktoronto.com. One is  some much-needed literary crticism of the pre-fab memorial verses...
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