“Hubbard brings our attention to these overlooked objects and presents us with a kind of aesthetic absurdity”
I’ve long wanted to write a Father’s Day column focussing not on what magnificent, homage-worthy creatures dads are – though indeed many are and my own not the least among them – but on the salutary effect that creating and helping to raise a crop of kids has on a chap.
In this excerpt from Three Artists: Kurelek, Chambers & Curnoe, to be published by Elmwood Press this year, Herman Goodden examines two of Greg Curnoe’s most pronounced qualities – his utter lack of a religious gene and his impassioned devotion to London, Ontario – and muses on some of the higher mysteries of transference, substitution and rechanneling.
“Summerfolk is the kind of festival where audiences roll four part harmonies on to the stage while gleeful performers play their instruments to the very edge of their ability”
“London, you really kicked me in the teeth on this one”
“How am I going to lead a revolution if I can’t even get people to stay on their own side of the pool?”
“Like salt in your diet, isolation is something that is both vital to the artist and a blockade that can interfere with intimacy”
“The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that a driverless car operates safely, falls on the human being sitting behind the wheel”
THANKS FOR THE LITERARY HEADS UP
[Re: The Man Who Understood Dickens, Hermaneutics, June 23, Herman Goodden] Thanks so much for your recent article on G.K. Chesterton. I keep returning to Dickens over the years – so have added the Chesterton book to “my list”. Oddly the book seems to go by two title variations: Appreciations and Criticisms and Criticisms and Appreciations. – A London reader, Michael Brunet
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