February 22, 2017
I’ve bought a good USB Microphone (thanks for the recommendation, Murray Toews) and will now finish recording The Sad Phoenician by Robert Kroetsch. You can check it out if you click on the letter o, a recent blog posts like the rest of the alphabet. I’m considering switching my blog to podcast, but we’ll see. I have a fair bit more to learn. Meanwhile I wear my new glasses with their magnificent magnetized clip-on sunglasses, at night.
I have some writing time ahead, which includes my website, my journal and two manuscripts in progress. Unfortunately my newest ailment is affecting my sitting time, L5 pinching whatever nerve that sends pain right around my back from the left to the right and then right down the inside of my right leg right to my right groin and then, yeah, what you were thinking.
More Ideas Before I Forget
February 5, 2017
The Ministry of Empty Spaces
I propose an installation of public and private empty spaces, as we do less in-person, and shun institutions, those spaces empty. Rural depopulation. Empty churches. University lounges after hours, when not in session. Lobbies after dark. The Hudson Bay Store. Theaters when not in production, which can be most of the time. Funeral homes. Churches and Synagogues.
I propose to become the Minister of Empty Spaces, appearing intermittently to celebrate their emptiness, documenting emptiness, taking pictures of emptiness; working against my own instincts and make nothing happen, refusing even to read, write, meditate or be mindful. Sitting, standing, lying.
Until somebody walks in. Then I get up and leave.
Not original I admit, as one of the members of General Idea actually served as a corporate iconoclast in the hip Toronto of the seventies. Stripped down, prairie lean and mean, only receptionist, and a rental agent, three shifts of 8 hours/24/7. Mobile apps. Get your Corporate Iconoclast Now! Offer 30 minutes or their thinking is free service. Iconoclasts supply their own box, or will accept yours. In-person service only. No wankers.