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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

September 30, 2016
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If there was anybody that I could be instead of me, it would be Neil Gaiman.

The one thing I have wanted to be, for most of my life, is a writer. It didn’t matter what I was writing, as long as I was writing. I ended up as a poet, but that is only part of how I see myself.

Neil Gaiman is a writer. He writes novels. He writes short stories. COMICS. Articles. Poetry.
He even wrote a biography of Duran Duran at one point.

He is a WRITER.

This novel is… many things. In some ways it is a short story that got carried away with itself. There is certainly some Coraline in it. The ‘child faces insurmountable threats’ and all that.

Though he doesn’t save himself.

I was incredibly sad when it was over. Not just in that ‘I want more’ sort of way, but the idea that he would just… forget. Like adults do.

It makes me wonder what I once knew. When I was a child and understood so much more than I now do.

 

Books Read in 2016

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

September 28, 2016
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One of the aspects of growing up in Victoria was that the iconography of Native art and culture (primarily Coast Salish) was everywhere… to the point that I tuned it out for the most part. I did not have any problem with native art, just that it didn’t resonate with me, personally. (It is possible that this is because what I was exposed to was the safe, sanctioned version or art and culture, but I don’t know.)

Recently, I have really been taken with native stories in the form of poetry. I don’t mean the myths and legends of the people, but the stories of individuals and what they see and experience. I read ‘Blue Marrow’, ‘Pemmican Eaters’ (which is written by Marilyn Dumont, a Metis), and recent things I read in the ‘North’ issue of ARC.

It is interesting as I read and recognize experiences that I never had or would neve rlive, in my white privileged upbringing.

Poetry can tell you things that a textbook cannot.

 

Books Read in 2016

The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

September 28, 2016
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The second volume of Garth Ennis’ Punisher run confused me somewhat. The first thing Ennis did when he took over is washed away the previous run and all of its trappings. No more ‘Punisher as angel’ or whatever the heck that was. It was back to being a gritty take on ugly realism.

And then came the Russian.

Uh, what was that? The Punisher vs Frankenstein’s Monster?

Ugh.

But then just as that ridiculousness wrapped up, along came a great story about a fellow vet that couldn’t handle coming home. Good stuff.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Punisher: Army of One (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

September 24, 2016
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I have never been a big fan of the Punisher. Fundamentally, I didn’t like that Marvel made him out to be a hero. He was created as a villain. He is a murderer, straight up.

So why do I like Garth Ennis’ take? Because he doesn’t make a stand one way or the other on the right or wrong of what Castle does as the Punisher. It just is.

Despite not liking the Punisher as a hero, I read and enjoy this the same way I can watch and enjoy Reservoir Dogs… or reading the Ostrander Suicide Squad. They don’t have to be heroes to be interesting.

This is a re-read. I just got the second volume.

Comic Books Read in 2016

Punisher: Welcome Back Frank (Ennis/Dillon/Palmiotti)
Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

September 19, 2016
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Two issues of ARC in a row!

Issue #72 is from Fall 2013 and is dedicated to The North, and all that entails.

I find the concept of ‘The North’ interesting, in much the same way I find the concept of ‘The West’ interesting. I was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. and as such I would bristle when I would hear ‘eastern’ media refer to places like Regina as being ‘western’. How about Winnipeg? How can Manitoba possible be considered ‘West’?

Being in Victoria also meant growing up with tv and radio from Washington state… part of the ‘Pacific Northwest’. Seattle being called anything that was called ‘North’ seemed ludicrous. But then so did Americans saying that I was part of the North, with its snow and ice. In Victoria. Which is situated south of the 49th parallel.

But this issue gives as a view of The North that knows what it is and what it wants to show us. It gives a glimpse of life in places that would laugh at the idea that Victoria or Ottawa or… Calgary are Northern cities.

My favourites are probably Caleb Harrison or Robin McGrath or… actually, no ‘or’, definitely Norma Dunning.

 

Books Read in 2016

ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

September 13, 2016
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Here is an issue of Arc from Winter 2013, which had fallen into my pile and been lost… temporarily.

I am a fan of ARC, as always. I was especially taken by the poems of Jason Stefanik.

ARC does good work.

 

Books Read in 2016

ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

September 6, 2016
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This book is not about baseball. It is about someone who has wanted something his whole life and when he gets it… it isn’t exactly what he was hoping for. Dirk Hayhurst gives the best insight into what it is like ‘in’ the system that I have ever read. (And yes, I have read ‘Ball Four’… which is also great.)

Being a pro athlete creates a weird prioritization of life. Their is a culture that seems normal for those in it, but is absolutely bizarre for those on the outside.

I have already read The Bullpen Gospels and I own the third book… which I will get to at some point.🙂

 

Books Read in 2016

Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

August 18, 2016
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This is the chapbook that rob made for the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour induction ceremony this past year.

Here I will tell the Hall of Honour story… I came up with the idea of the Hall of Honour in late 2012. Initially it was coming out of a thought that Spoken Word poets… especially those heavily involved in slam… seem to have a short shelf-life. People forget quickly. So I thought… what can we do about that? How can we remind people about the giants whose shoulders we stand on?

The Hall of Honour is what I came up with but despite it coming from a place of concern for Spoken Word artists, the first name that came to mind when I thought ‘who would we induct’ was rob mclennan.

So why did it take four rounds of inductions before he got in?

Simple. He was in the VERSe meeting when I proposed the Hall. He was the first person to jump on the idea and he was the first person who told me he would like to be involved. Well, we were hardly going to induct one of our selection committee the first go round, were we? (in fact, rob introduced us to  William Hawkins, who was a great first inductee.)

This year the Hall inducted the first person I thought of when I came up with the concept… rob mclennan.

 

Books Read in 2016

King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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August 16, 2016
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Manufacturing Consent

 

This book reads more like a scholarly thesis than a mass-produced book… mostly… but it is really fascinating. They talk a lot about how the media acts as a propaganda arm for the U.S. government, or more importantly, for the ‘elite’. They digress at times (the section on Vietnam reads more like someone who wanted to tell everyone how wrong the U.S. was to go in there, rather than sticking to the topic at hand), but over all it is really fascinating.

Word choice matters and the media can influence a lot of things with simple word choices.

 

Books Read in 2016

Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

August 3, 2016
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I have a few issues of ARC in my ‘to read’ pile, and this is the one that came out when I pushed my hand in to pull out a book. There is a nice feature on Marilyn Doumont followed by some poems by Doyali Islam (who I just saw has won the ARC Poem of the Year contest!) as well as in interesting review of a bunch of chapbooks, with very little mention of the poetry contained in them.

Books Read in 2016

ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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