Yeah? You’ve been good? That’s awesome. Here’s the press in a nutshell:
1. March 20th, at Indigo Yorkdale I will be signing copies of Blank State volume Zero, which they’ve been more than happy to provide on consignment for the past three months. I have nothing but gratitude with how pretty awesome they’ve been… and for those of you doubting the heart of big-chain stores, you’re fools. Fools. Time of the event to follow… but if all goes well I should at least have the galley of volume one to show off then too.
2. Pearls Before Swine Flu / This is Plague City has been reviewed! The reviewers over at Syndicated Zine Reviews gave us the old look-up-n-down and said, with confusion, “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say about this… still you ought to read this and decide for yourself.” And while there would be artists biting at the proverbial chopstick over the fact that they weren’t understood, I’d like to put forth this quote from one of my favourite minds, Jonathan Swift (couldn’t you tell?):
There are certain common privileges of a writer, the benefit whereof, I hope, there will be no reason to doubt; particularly, that where I am not understood, it shall be concluded, that something very useful and profound is couched underneath; and again, that whatever word or sentence is printed in a different character, shall be judged to contain something extraordinary either or wit of sublime.
3. I’ve been eating the Olympic coverage on CTVOlympics.ca like the fare at a very broad pan-asian buffet where I only want the chicken balls and the jello. I can tune in at any moment to watch the results of an event that I did not see, without the need to shell out for a cable package or a million drinks at a sports bar. Is this a good thing? It’s no secret that I’m afraid of the internet, but isn’t something lost in the translation if that shared, hug-the-dude-next-to-you moment of being there when it happens, of watching the final goal live is gone? What connection do we have to the events if we don’t get to see them happen as they happen? Where’s the “I was there” moment?
And furthermore… since this is a condition of PVRing and live video streaming, will television schedules eventually be a thing of the past? Will networks just put up new shows and tell us they are there and hope we watch them? I am wary of television as a medium, but part of its brilliance is its scheduling, its rigidity and its suitableness to repetition and formula (and, in recent years, its balls to break from that formula). Will TV be subject to the arbitrary reaches of our YouTube fingers? Am I defending television?
4. I just interviewed Rob Spence. He directed a film called “Let’s All Hate Toronto” a few years ago, but is now working on putting a camera into his head. Start following this guy… because he’s following you.
Talk to you guys soon.