Marquez and his Melancholy Whores

(Review of Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.) When I first read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores (translated by Edith Grossman), a novella published in English in 2005, I did not like it. I’ve recently re-read it and found it much more rewarding. I believe my first reading was […]

You need poetry in your posts

What the world really needs is poetry in posts. Seriously. Keep in mind, when we use the word poetry we usually mean it in one of two ways. There is the very technical use when we are talking about something like a Shakespearean sonnet. But there is also the much more common use, in the […]

Jack Layton and an end to dogma

Canada’s Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party, passed away yesterday and there was a huge upswell of grief and commiseration expressed. In all the remembrances of the man and in all the accolades sent his way, it’s worth asking why he should be remembered. I think there is a very specific reason. He […]

Passion without a harness

иконографияikoniWe hear and read all the time about how we have to be passionate about what we do and, yes, we do. It’s hard to generate enthusiasm in others if we don’t feel passion and it is also hard to hold our own interest in something if we aren’t passionate about. But we have to […]

Video and interesting backgrounds

икониMy last video was kind of awful mainly because it was a mash-up stitched together from a webcam, a Canon ZR850 and a Canon PowerShot. The first third probably could have been scrapped. Still, the tip about avoiding “the furtive glance” was valid, I think. I have another video tip, this time about backgrounds, and […]