Writers Under Attack Again

  The above video was posted on YouTube in the hope of stopping an educational exemption in the proposed new copyright bill. Whether or not the exemption is fair-dealing or the video fear-mongering (as some have suggested) isn’t, to me, the real issue; to me, this proposed exemption is just one more example of the myriad ways in which people seem to think that writers should work for free. Consider Ariana Huffington’s insistence that her contributors are happy for the byline — then making a $315M sale to AOL on Read More …

Finding Inspiration: Fran Forman

On my [previous] website I [had] a page of links to Artists Whose Work I Admire; however, search engines find blog posts more readily than content buried in a website, and so I’ve decided to use this space to highlight these wonderful artists whose works inspire me, bring me joy, and in some cases fill me with an unflattering jealousy. Case in point: collage artist Fran Forman. Years back, in my pre-digital days when I had my own darkroom, I had begun experimenting with photo collages, but sadly the experiments—along Read More …

Artists complicit in rape of 16-year-old girl

I know I might open a shit storm for saying this, but the artistic community is partly to blame for the recent gang rape of a sixteen-year-old girl by teenage boys at a rave party in Pitt Meadows. Yes, that’s right, we’re complicit. These teenage rapists have grown up heavily influenced by violent, misanthropic, misogynist video games, television, movies, music, and Internet sites. And we’re the ones creating this garbage. And there’s no use blaming the executives who finance media, because money doesn’t write, illustrate, animate, sing, play a musical Read More …