Mariko Tamaki’s case for erotica

The amazing Mariko Tamaki (who is a finalist for this year’s Governor General award for Children’s literature*) wrote a nice piece for Xtra ripping apart the misconception that erotica = bad writing. She points out that some of Canada’s top queer female fiction writers, are also skilled at writing a fine dirty story: The assertion…

That Lady is Naked! @ the VAG

I’m normally not all that interested in what’s going on at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  I was pretty disappointed with Crazy, the last exhibit.  My friend Sarah Leavitt sums up the many of the problems with the exhibit. I’m excited by the current exhibition WACK: Art and the Feminist Revolution, which is a survey of…

Canwest Media Bully

Great job by Working TV and Seriously Free Speech Committee folks on explaining the issue and signifigance of the CanWest SLAPP suit over a parody of the Vancouver Sun. I’m excited to see old school activists start to social media effectively.  This video feels especially appropriate as they are standing up to a mainstream media…

Heal this book: reversing vandalism

Morning Stories, a weekly podcast of stories from ordinary folks, aired Heal this book in December 2005.  This podcast is about an art exhibit that the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) did with books that had been damaged by a homophobic and misogynistic patron. From the transcript: This person used the card catalog and did…