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  1. New Yorker article, 2015:

    1. “Jody Akana… is unusual in the group for having a declared specialty: colo[u]r”

    2. Bart André

    3. Alan Dye

    4. Evans Hankey

    5. “Austrian-born surfer Julian Hönig”

    6. Richard Howarth

    7. Eugene Whang

  2. Leander Kahney’s terrible book, 2013:

    1. Marj Andresen

    2. Daniele De Iuliis

    3. Danny Coster

    4. Richard Howarth (pictured; New Yorker thus confirmed his name)

    5. Peter Russell-Clarke

    6. Chris Stringer

  3. Designer-at-large or ‑on-call Marc Newson

Not included: Type designers.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.18 14:18. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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  • Russell Smith on Bruce LaBruce (Toronto Life, December 1997):

    My experience of watching [this movie] is typical of an outsider’s experience in the world of gay art: The feeling that there are constants, valences, isotopes all around you, and they must be linked in some really obvious way that everyone but you gets. […] I know there are thematic links here, but I’m not in this loop. […] His films are rambling, numbingly slow-paced, shockingly amateurish. Like so much avant-grade art, they become interesting only when he explains them.

  • Smith on LaBruce today (2015):

    He has become an example of the kind of success that well-connected, Canadian Film Centre–trained, CBC-supported writers and directors only dream of. In this he is evidence of the long-term effect of not trying to please the petrified, boardroom-bound managers of television networks. […]

    Even he admits that the MoMA retrospective is rather brave of that august museum. I think it’s evidence of what happens when you do exactly the opposite of what is supposed to make you a successful writer or director in this country. Instead of conscientiously trying to work your way in by doing episodes of Little Mosque on the Prairie or by polishing your pitch for a new cooking-based reality show for a BlackBerry-distracted producer deep in the bowels of the MegaCorp building, you do exactly what you want to do, over and over, failing as many times as you like. Those rich yet timid producers are never going to have successes as international as these.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.14 12:00. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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Barbara Bernát:

Under black light, hand holds banknote that shows X-ray-like skeleton of bird

(She wants way too much money for prints.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.03.06 05:49. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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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.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.25 15:55. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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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.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.21 13:23. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
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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.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.19 09:38. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2015/02/19/unlimitedembrace/

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.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2015.02.18 11:39. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
http://blog.fawny.org/2015/02/18/praxisii/


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