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Toronto Public Library, bastion of free speech that it is, banned an author’s entire works (in secret, no less).

Covers of ‘The Way of Men,’ ‘Blood-Brotherhood,’ ‘A Sky Without Eagles’

Enjoy your Freedom to Read Week.

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I can hardly begrudge American hacks their origin stories of David Carr, but I want to warn Canadian hacks against being colonial and unduly valourizing the frog-voiced star of the deplorable documentary Page One. I say that because before there was David Carr there was Sid Adilman, who germinated dozens of journalistic careers, including mine.

(Remembrance. Report from memorial service.)

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Mikita Brottman dared to suggest that watching a movie adaptation of a book is a great way to experience the story of that book.

After reading Unlimited Embrace by Reed Woodhouse (no relation), you will not need to bother reading any of the canonical gay fiction he summarizes and critiques so well. (Except for Straight to Hell, which he actually includes.)

I did not know one could learn so much from literary criticism. Nor did I really understand what a scaredy-cat hack David Leavitt is until now. Further, I did not know Ethan Mordden is not in fact a scathing Irish queen but a Jew.

Woodhouse – who teaches at Juilliard – serves the function Roger Ebert did: You read him to find out what you missed.

(Cf. Gay Fiction Speaks.)

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U of T engineering instructor Jason Foster graciously invited me to provide crits to his students at their annual showcase of projects for the Engineering Praxis II course (not its complete name). I went there on two separate but nonconsecutive years, undermining myself and “the kids” the first time and blowing it altogether the second time.

It took ages for me to understand where I went wrong. Though everything was my fault, it was these poor kids, and Jason, who suffered for it. I’d do it differently now, but we say that about a lot of things as we get older.

I had long ago mailed an apology to Jason, and actually followed that up with a signed letter going several steps further. Jason Foster is, I told him, exactly the kind of engineering professor I want to see in the field – concerned about people and engaged in actual design. He was there all along, I belatedly realized. (Jason was in the room at a disastrous TTC design charrette that was disastrous in large part because I totally blew it there, too.) Pace Slavoj Žižek, however, after apologizing I was not told it was unnecessary to apologize, which informs me that I had actually caused mortal offence. As I already believed.

I have previously alluded to my regrets over my mishandling of the Praxis II showcases. Those had everything I could ever claim to need, up to and including a giant ginger teaching assistant who handled with me with wise bemusement. Yet I think about these incidents all the time. Every few years it becomes necessary to apologize.

I especially would like to make amends to the young photographer type who followed me around like a puppy all day one year. I’m actually more accustomed to being hated. At one point I knew his name.

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Peter Howell bitching out 54 in the Toronto Star (1998.08.28):

[M]ost of the blame goes to writer/director Mark Christopher, who was a lot less ready to helm his first feature than Miramax had assumed.

Christopher can’t shoot a dance scene to save his life – he keeps cutting away, as if afraid to face the music – and his screenplay lacks focus…. Christopher’s insipid script doesn’t allow him to say much, either. What he does say is laughably stupid….

The weirdest thing about this movie is how tame it is…. It almost seems as if Christopher was trying to make a movie that could be shown as is on airplanes, without a single edit.

In actual fact, Harvey fucking Weinstein et al. hacked the movie for a disastrously misidentified literal bridge-and-tunnel audience and demanded expensive reshoots.

Mark Christopher today: “I was raised on a farm and you always finish the job you begin no matter what happens, even if a tornado goes through. That’s sort of my work ethic. It was painful, but what are you going to do? I mean, what is painful is for the critics to blame you. That’s painful. But what are you going to do?”

(Cf. The Dead Boys’ Club and Alkali, Iowa.)

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Adam Curtis uses footage as actual text (severely edited excerpt):

The Internet… has also produced a revenge of the written word, and of those who believe writing is the senior service of media. […] The left, with its tradition of print journalism, […] could be seen as attempt[ing] to cut visual mass media down to size. […]

The criticisms of Curtis’ use of archival footage and his editing techniques have some of this spirit. At work here is a misunderstanding of what he is doing. Curtis’ films are histories. Almost all serious written histories are led by the use of archival sources. In practice most of these were produced, and are kept, by institutions of various kinds. So the argument that Curtis is “lost in archives” or or “lost in the BBC archives” is a non-criticism…. This is also the technique of many works of oral history. The statement that Bitter Lake is an “emotional history” is therefore in keeping with this tradition. […]

[U]nlike history writing, Curtis’ films have no footnotes and apparatus: but this is true of all factual films. Having more talking head experts would not solve the problem; it would merely introduce multiple arguments from authority.

Cf. the scenario, which I cannot prove actually happened, in which a documentarian can win an award for writing in a film with no voiceover.

(Samizdat Bitter Lake: YouTubé; Viméo.)

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