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Books of the Year: 2018

Go, Went, Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck Fighting for Space – Travis Lupick (read my book review here) The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin The Break – Katherina Vermette The People’s History of the Russian Revolution – Neil Faulkner 2312 – Kim Stanley Robinson World of Apples – John Cheever Legalizing Drugs – Steve Rolles […]

Review: Postcards from the End of America

The book review below first appeared in Briarpatch Magazine’s September/October 2017 edition.  Postcards from the End of America By Linh Dinh Seven Stories Press, 2017 Bob, a 60-year-old Safeway employee from Florence, Oregon, is counting on the store staying afloat. “At my age,” he says, “it will be hard to get hired again. I don’t […]

Up-and-Coming

Three blocks from the venue, down an industrial street in Denver like that in any North American city that boomed in the 1950s, was a small store inside of repurposed shipping containers that sold US-made backpacks, outerwear, and slacks. The store was clean and simple and catered to the young outdoorsy types who live inside but […]

Oppression is Reality

There’s this man that sits in the front left seat at the movie theatre and he’s always there. He has with him a copy of the free newspaper or a novel and is only ever there by himself. When something he deems comical happens in the film, he lets out a laugh like you’d hear in a […]

Still don’t know.

A man walks down a dark Brooklyn side street with his pants at his ankles, genitals flailing. I am looking for pizza. Legitimate conerns are raised about that man getting shot by police but we push on to get some garlic knots at Ganni’s at midnight. The Republican convention wraps up and everyone I know, […]

Resources

BOOKS Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates The Empire of Illusion – Chris Hedges Dancing On Our Turtles Back – Leanne Simpson Islands of Decolonial Love – Leanne Simpson The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King East of Eden – John Steinbeck Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon   […]

Books of the Year: 2015

Wages of Rebellion – Chris Hedges I do not know if we can build a better society. I do not even know if we will survive as a species. But I do know that these corporate forces have us by the throat. And they have my children by the throat. I do not fight fascists […]

Blogging will save the world..

I was accidentally put on a ‘panel of experts’ discussing homelessness at a recent documentary release. Politicians mingled with professors and service providers in an eatery that neighbours the dry men’s shelter. Concerned citizens arrived early to bounce pleasantries off one another, nibbling on fine sausage and kalamata olives. I showed up late, downed a […]

Slow Code Colonialism

The following essay was published in the Summer 2014 edition of Transition Magazine, a Canadian Mental Health Association publication. Digital copy available here. You are lying on the street in cardiac arrest. I am obliged to inform your unconscious, breathless body of my newly acquired First Aid training. This, for some reason, is supposed to […]

Yes, Coal.

  In a brief moment of respite, I stopped the the work van, a recently discontinued Dodge Caravan, and idled behind a small compact car. I sat there with a weight on my chest, my first break seemingly in a week, my work anthem playing in the background as I read a slogan on the […]