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London’s Writer-in-Residence is Inspired by the Small Press Tradition

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The London Yodeller

barwin“I’m fascinated by the different traditions of interpretation in art forms which may explore quite similar material”

Gary Barwin is a Canadian poet, artist, performer, composer, and educator. He is also the Writer-in-Residence at Western University and the London Public Library. We recently caught up with him to find out what he’s all about. Continue Reading

UNCLE BRUCE’S BEST OF 2014: The Joys of Decidedly Un-solitary Reading

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The London Yodeller

Jason DicksonFor much of my life reading was an acceptable – and very much required – form of misanthropy. Personally it was a mind-expanding, heartrending and physically immersive event, clung to and guarded carefully. Socially it was a bastion of solitude. A quickly comprehendible sign that I was to be left ALONE. Video game playing lacks this fortification, as people still feel like they can just come up and talk to you. Staring into space, lost in thought, has even less protection. But reading . . . well reading is scholastic. And who would get in the way of genius? Not I. So when my girlfriend and I decided to move in together I had mainly one concern. Not taking on a role as a parent. Not whether I could be a good man or not. My main worry was when I would find time to read. Continue Reading

There are Socialists Under Our Children’s Beds

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The London Yodeller
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“Like some Saturday morning Clockwork Orange brainwashing experiment – replete with consciousness-altering psychedelic effects and social justice gusto – the future lefty sympathies of your children are permanently established”

Socialists are everywhere. Sipping coffee at Starbucks. Crippling nuclear silos. Hacking into our very brains. One must constantly be on the lookout for them and their tax-spending, dirt-eating, liberty-crushing ways. Take the obscure but growing-in-popularity children’s television show Yo Gabba Gabba. What might on the surface seem like an innocuous, irritatingly trendy Nickelodeon show is in fact an incubator for fanatical Socialism. Make no mistake. This show is as red as Karl Marx’s period. Continue Reading

A Reader’s Anti-social Manifesto

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The London Yodeller

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I suffered for a long time under the delusion that all people are generally the same inside. We all have feelings. We all have thoughts. We all have an inner life. This assumption caused me much pain. It wasn’t until I turned 35 that I decided to drown it in the nearest lake – to enjoy drowning it – never to hear from it again. What was the cause of this? People – teachers, my folks, my friends – who insisted on talking to me when I am clearly, most doubtlessly, reading a book. Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor

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LettersEditorwebDiffering Opinions on Mary Lou’s Takedown of the Creative Class

Creative Class My Ass [Political Heat, Sept. 11, Mary Lou Ambrogio]

Ms. Ambrogio makes it very clear from the start that she feels the Mayor’s opinion about the Fanshawe/Kingsmill’s deal is a “useless bit of propaganda”.  She proceeds to slag the London Free Press (“the local rag”), City Hall (“grand deception of progressive politics”), Richard Florida’s book (“popular but WRONG”) and the “Creative Class” who “wish to be entertained and amused, and no cost is too high”.  A flurry of clichéd insults fly at “left leaning policy makers”, “progressives” (who knew that was an insult?), “shallow thinkers” and “apparatchiks”.  She finishes by tossing off a couple of slight and vague criticisms of the whole concept.  Now I welcome a good debate but it is impossible to have a reasoned dialogue where all that exists to argue against are empty phrases and airy cynicism.

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Boomers: a Guide for Young People

Jason Dickson - - Everything Else
The London Yodeller

DennisTheMenaceLPFrontSo you’ve gotten yourself a Boomer. Congratulations. This is the beginning of an exciting, albeit challenging, phase of your life. Of course you have had a Boomer all along. But as they are getting on now in age your relationship with them might be getting a little, um, different. A bit strained, perhaps. Patience-testing. I’m here to help. Let’s navigate this confusing, startling, and at times incomprehensible relationship together. Honestly with the proper context, point-of-view, and understanding, your potentially irritating Boomer can go from a weird, potentially mortifying platform of nonsense to a funny, albeit discomfiting old coot.

The key is pity.

At one point your Boomer was the centre of the world. You know when it is a child’s birthday and they’re the centre of attention and they’re bright, cheerful, capable and energetic. This was the Boomer at their prime. Your Boomer was a part of something they felt was theirs. Society. Now remember when the birthday party ends and the child then collapses into a fit of attention and chemical withdrawal, spinning on the floor like a demon. Yeah, that’s what your Boomer feels right now. Never mind that the people who threw the party (their parents) watched in horror as they acted this way. Never mind that their parents and grandparents thought, “Hey, I threw this party for you. Why are you acting like that?” No these thoughts aren’t in the minds of your Boomer. The party is over. And they’re angry.

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A Visceral Reaction to the Latest Mass Killing

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The London Yodeller

Jason DicksonMen often engage in a short-hand that they refuse to share with women. Women know this. Some try and master it. I’ve seen a number of women in my life try to be “one of the boys”. And they’re never permitted. That is, they’re not permitted without the possibility of one day being screwed by the guys. Their sexuality is always a possible price. Guys don’t require this payment from other guys. Men use this shorthand as a means of maintaining brotherhood. Which is partly fine. A number of my friends and I – good men – have been very close based in part on these social rites (if you want to call them that). Women do this too. They have a short-hand. They use this shorthand as a way to determine who is and who is not a woman. Both use it as a way to shore up and protect power. They might not even know they are doing it. But their attitudes about gender come into play every time. And as a man you can see that attitude in play based on how he uses this shorthand to define his power as a Man.

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