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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond links to an interview with Darran Anderson, a writer of cartographic fiction.
  • Centauri Dreams notes that 2028 will be a time when microlensing can b used to study the area of Alpha Centauri A.
  • The Crux engages with the question of whether or not an astronaut’s corpse could seed life on another planet.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study that gathers together signals for planetary companions orbiting nearby stars.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the only gay bar in Portland, Maine, is set to close.
  • Language Log notes the proliferation of Chinese characters and notes that a parrot could not be called to the stand in Kuwait.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the last time the Chicago Cubs won, Germany was an empire.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the discovery of an ancient stone map on the Danish island of Bornholm.
  • The Planetary Society Blog examines some of the New Horizons findings of Pluto.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer argues that Venezuela is now a dictatorship.
  • Towleroad notes</a. controversy over a gay Utahn senator's visit to Iran.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Russian cleric’s call for the children of ethnically mixed marriages in Tatarstan to be legally identified as Russians.

[REVIEW] Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire, Secret Path

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Secret Path, drawn by Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire, is another account of the story of an Anishinaabe child Chanie Wenjack, the same told in Boyden’s Wenjack. Secret Path is a graphic novel, Lemire’s wordless drawings in pencils with watercolours being interspersed with lyrics from Downie’s album of the same name.

From Secret Path #canada #chaniewenjack #secretpath #gorddownie #jefflemire

Secret Path is a high point in Lemire’s career, and a high point for the the Canadian graphic novel, depicting the struggle of a young boy to return home in all of its sadness and all of its glory with beautiful art.

This, too, is a book that must be read.

[REVIEW] Joseph Boyden, Wenjack

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Joseph Boyden‘s novella Wenjack is a sensitive retelling of the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe who ran away from his residential school one October day in 1967 and died of exposure. Wenjack’s story has gained national prominence in recent years as Canadians at large have become aware of the borderline-genocidal ills of our country’s Indian residential school system. Joined by another new project, Secret Path, an album by Gord Downie and a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire, Wenjack is part of a multimedia effort by Canadian artists to tell Wenjack’s story, the better for us all to know.

Wenjack is as superb as one would expect given Boyden’s reputation. In spare poetic prose, Boyden tells the story of how a young boy desperate to go home ended up dying alone one cold night northern Ontario railroad tracks, and why. Chanie’s interior voice feels true, as true as the voices of the manitous–spirits–who, in the guise of the different animals of the bush, accompany Chanie on his final journey. As we follow Chanie to the end, Boyden helps us to understand something of who he was, and what his sufferings and his joys mean for all Canadians.

Starting Wenjack #canada #chaniewenjack #wenjack #books #josephboyden #kentmonkmanWenjack is a sad story that needs to be told, and is here told heartbreakingly well by one of the masters of contemporary Canadian fiction. A quick read at just over a hundred pages, it’s something everyone who cares about Canada should take the time to read.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes that a NASA probe has photographed the site on Mars where the ESA’s Schiaparelli lander crashed.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about being an immigrant, of sorts, in the United States.
  • C.J. Cherry announces that work on her history of the Alliance-Union universe is continuing.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper looking at the ionization of protoplanetary disks by cosmic radiations.
  • The Dragon’s Tales finds evidence for Planet Nine in the orbits of Kuiper Belt objects and the inner Oort cloud.
  • Far Outliers looks at the culture of addiction in Appalachia.
  • Joe. My. God. notes how a Russian embassy has mocked the European Union for defending GLBT rights.
  • Language Log looks at the sounds made by speakers of English, native and Chinese-language mother tongue both.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a map of the river basins of the United States.
  • Torontoist looks at the history of clowns in Toronto.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at how Central Asia is non-Muslim, reports a call for a historical reorientation of Azerbaijan, reports on a Tatar dramatist’s fear that Russia is trying to assimilate non-Russians, and looks at how a court in Sakha has defended the constitutional rights of the republic and its titular people.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
  • D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
  • Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
  • Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes a new census of galaxies finding that there are two trillion in the universe.
  • blogTO reports on a new twin condo tower proposed for downtown Toronto.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on findings suggesting Earth barely escaped a third snowball period.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that no one wants to stay in Trump’s new Washington D.C. hotel.
  • Language Hat notes the effort to revive the language of the Miami.
  • Language Log notes pervasive censorship in China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money dissects the idea of “locker room talk”.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Thailand.
  • The NYRB Daily considers the Bob Dylan Nobel prize.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Jason Davis interviews the makers of the revamped Antares cargo rocket.
  • Towleroad features a guest essay by Hillary Clinton’s honorary gay nephew.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr looks at the future directions of computer crime law in the United States.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi notes that the GOP doomed itself.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the problem of melting permafrost in the Russian North.
  • Arnold Zwicky engages with an article on gay/straight friendships.

[VIDEO] “Mykki Blanco recites ‘I Want A Dyke For President’”

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Some days ago, my cousin shared Dazed Digital’s clip of queer rapper Mykki Blanko’s recitation of artist and activist Zoe Leonard‘s 1992 poem “I Want A Dyke For President”.

I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployed and layed off and sexually harrassed and gay-bashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm