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Yesterday was about 18 degrees and GORGEOUS! I call that "summer" because I'm from Scotland now, and 18 is HOT in Scotland.

Pivot was great on Wednesday, I enjoyed the readings by Fraser Sutherland and Sally Cooper. Thanks to everyone who came out... and to those 5 lovely souls who bought my books. I read some short stories for the first time ever, and you were such sweet guinea pigs.

Monday is the launch of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's new novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, at The Boat on Augusta in Kensington Market. 7pm, $5. Also featuring me, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, Stacey Mae Fowles and Hal Niedzviecki. I will be reading another of my weird little stories.

R and I were fantastic communists for Hallowe'en. Oh my. We were trying to figure out two things: How do you dress like a capitalist? and Do they do so for Hallowe'en in Russia and Cuba? I am going to wear my little hat with the hammer and sickle on the plane home for fun -- though it might not turn out so fun...





I wasn't completely crazy about No Bra at Vasowe'en. I dug some of her lyrics and her general vibe, but I'm pretty tired of people singing not-so-well over bad beats...

In other news, Toronto made the expensive, ugly, and silly decision to make cigarettes "invisible" in corner stores by placing them inside hideous cupboards like this:


(thanks to the guy who posed in front of the atrocity)

And why only cigarettes? Why not put cancer-causing GMO foods inside grey cupboards, and toxic cleaning products? What about hiding SUVs behind ugly curtains so no one will be tempted by them? Oh, Canada...

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Of course I left my longjohns at my folks' house and then the temperature dropped and it starting snowing! Argh.

I'm reading at 8pm tonight at Pivot at The Press Club on the north side of Dundas just west of Bathurst.Free! Hope to see you there. Please bring wool clothes and brandy.

In other news, This Ain't the Rosedale Library's new home on Nassau Street in Kensington Market is drop-dead gorgeous. If you haven't visited, do! And it's not just pretty, the books are delicious.

This Ain't

Speaking of delicious books, I just started reading Toronto playwright Claudia Dey's first novel, Stunt (Coach House). Wow. The way Dey uses language makes me so excited I might pee. What a writer. Please check her out.

Here's Charlie and Jessie hard at work:

Chas and Jess

In not so happy news, the endless condominium blight at the Lakeshore made my eyes bleed, and I was sad to see so many new chain stores on Queen (The Brick for gawd's sake?) and College. Also, why on earth did the AGO spend millions on this montrosity?





Here' s me and R. selling books at Canzine last Sunday. Long live indie culture! Thanks to those kind folks who bought my books. Also I traded a book for two chapbooks by the supertalented Tomori Nagamoto -- Bittersweet Hotel #101 and #501. Each chapbook consists of images and words depicting a different guest at the hotel. Nagamoto's drawings are stunning, and the text is bittersweetly  wondrous and sometimes superbly funny.


Art from Kensington and Dundas West:

toronto art 2


toronto art

And something must be said about Toronto's amazing food. Doubles, empanadas, Pho Hung's soup, John's Classic pizza, veggie dogs & burgers, oh how did I survive without you?

Warm kisses from the great white north,







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