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Let’s start off the year with a poetry recommendation. Poetry is where I go when I need to slow down and reflect, really absorb the world around me in all its fullness and complexity.
Not so long ago, vampires were seen as predatory beasts; vile creatures who fed off the blood of fair damsels, slept in coffins and hated humanity. It was not until fairly recently (in the last 16 years) that vampires have begun to be viewed more sympathetically in North American popular culture.
Warriors of the Zombie Hamlet: Prose and Poems of the Great Zombie Apocalypse
by Bubba T. Cook
Hello, I'm Adam Rigby, owner/operator of Rigby Sign. I have been operating in Fernie for the last five or six years.
Mr. Bean, man-child, mini-enthusiast and pop-culture icon, first graced British TV screens on January 1, 1990. His television show, simply called Mr. Bean, ran for five years and showed his ability for getting into trouble doing everyday tasks such as going to church and going shopping. It gained a large UK audience pulling in 18.74 million viewers for the 1992 episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean.
What makes Mr. Bean so appealing?
I meant to recommend Here and Gone for its vivid and moving depictions of fishing. Poems about fly-fishing, thought I, this book is made for Fernie readers! But when I sat down to write my column, I found myself consumed, instead, with thoughts of death. Death and life are everywhere in these poems, which shouldn’t be a surprise: poems are always about life and death. However, I’ve never seen the two placed so starkly together. In poems absolutely teeming with life, the presence of death is, every time, uncomfortable and startling.
If all you knew about Colin Linden was that he released his 11th solo album—From the Water—29 years after his first, you could rightly say that he has had a good, solid career.
In 1985 Robert Zmieckis and Steven Spielberg came together to release Back to the Future. The film told the story of Marty McFly (Michael J.
“Air this thin turns anyone into a mystic” – so starts Steven Heighton’s beautiful new novel, Every Lost Country. The book begins on a climbing expedition near the mountainous border between Tibet and Nepal, where altitude dulls the mind and “slurs the border between abstractions—right and wrong—or apparent opposites—dead and alive, past and present, you and him.”
I remember the first Arcade Fire song I ever heard. I was living Calgary and had just turned on the tube to unwind after a day under fluorescent lights. “Rebellion” from the album Funeral was playing on Much Music. Yes, music videos were still a popular medium at the time. The persistent beat and haunting melody drew me in, and I couldn’t tear myself from the colourful march of people and array of instruments this seven-piece band plays in the video. “Rebellion” played in my head endlessly until I finally succumbed and purchased the CD.
Superheroes play an important role in American society. Where other cultures tell stories about gods and demi-gods (Gilgamesh, Hercules, Thor, etc.), Americans weave tales about Superman, Batman and the Hulk. These characters are (not withstanding the fact that they exist in a black and white, quasi biblical universe) part of a secular pantheon, one which is worshipped by many in the US and Canada whether they believe in God or not.
As we head into the new school year, I thought I’d recommend a funny novel. Funny’s good. Nothing wrong with funny. Or, as Jessica Grant’s protagonist would say, I would not say no to funny.
I guess my journey into cake decorating began from a desire to make my friend’s birthdays special by baking them a cake. I couldn’t remember the last time I had received one for my birthday and the memory of such a gift inspired me to reintroduce this custom amongst my friends. At first I was making fairly straight forward cakes and decorating them with fancy writing or candy, but after a while, I started to get more excited by the challenge of more difficult 3D designs.
It’s safe to say that all bands want an appreciative audience. Depending on the mood that they are delivering, they are looking for anything from polite applause in between songs to hoots and hollers throughout the show.
Hollywood has a long tradition of making films about outsiders, people who, for one reason or another, don’t meld properly with mainstream society. From Rebel Without a Cause (1955) to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), from Clerks (1994) to Up in the Air (2009), American filmmakers have specialized in making slightly cynical films about alienation. Garden State was made in that grand tradition.