July 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, fiction, life, literary fiction, Native Americans, publishing, random, Writing)
Tags: Arsenal Pulp Press, Book, Canada, creative, drugs, Dunnion, fiction, Finalist, Issues, Kristyn, Lambda, life, love, murder, publisher, punk, random, reading, review, street kids, teenagers, The Dirt Chronicles, Toronto, video, Writing
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Kristyn Dunnion strikes hard punk gold again in The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, which is mis-identified as a collection of short stories. I can see how that labeling came about. These can be read as short stories. But, in reality, this is a novel presented from several different characters’ viewpoints and fully individual voices. It’s a little disconcerting unless you’re a fan of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. The story is dark, hard, gritty and it’s all about the lives of several punk street kids in Toronto. It’s not pretty. There’s the corrupt cops, drugs, rape, murder, sexual identity issues and relationship issues galore. This may not be an easy read for some folks. But if you’ve got a rebellious teenager overflowing with angst–you might want to take a hard look at the issues Dunnion deals with head on–from the perspective of the kids instead of the adults they run from. Dunnion’s ability to present convincing male and female voices and perspectives is uncanny. Writing about such subjects with harsh realism is the forte of few. It’s verification of Dunnion’s talent as a writer every time you cringe while discovering the very dark side of street and squat life. Oh and yes, again, this is also a love story (ies). How much does Oreo love Ferret? Enough to leave the entire world behind while pole dancing. What will Eddie do to get back to protecting Ray Ray? Whatever it takes.
Warning: This is not Patsy Cline crooning on this video.
September 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm (culture, drama, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, humor, Independent film, journalism, life, movies, nature, photography, politics, random, satire, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Water", culture, Dave, education, environment, ethics, film, Fracking, Gasland, HBO, Issues, lazy photographer, life, media, movie, nature, news, opinion, people, radio, rant, street art, television, Toronto, Watchman
What a way to start the day with a new Tuesday Morning Buzzer at KKFI–welcome to Diana Linn Ennis–and a sobering shot of Democracy Now! Ever have a day when you wish you did not learn something new. Today was one such day for me. Fracking was my new learned thing today. After BP’s water killing spilling I was hoping for some relief for water in general. But no such thing. If I had HBO I probably would already know about flammable tap water. But I don’t have HBO or cable and Elsa the lioness is gracing my un-upgraded fat screen television antique. Hence, I learned via Democracy Now! on KKFI–radio like you’re probably not hearing unless you’re tuning in at 90.1 fm or www.kkfi.org. Is there any place on the globe free of Halliburton? Apparently not.
Can you light your tap water on fire? If so, then you probably know all about the contents of Josh Fox’s film GASLAND. If you don’t know about GASLAND and you drink water–then you need to see this film because this is not a self-contained issue. This is coming to a water supply near you–or maybe it already has. The first video contains a map of the USA with locations of Fracking for natural gas. Now, is there something wrong with my logic or–if one disaster caused by deep drilling into the Earth shows the dangers of such drilling–then doesn’t it follow that more such drilling may not be very wise for the planet and all the living creatures upon it? No, I don’t see any rich corporate executives doing double time as Superman trying to save the Earth. Wake up, America, Ironman is not a real person–nor is he based on a human prototype hiding in New York City. There’s just US–that’s right, each and every one of ’us’ on Earth needs to take part in saving this Earth because there is no spaceship to a colony on Mars as much as we may wish it so. As for political leadership–Reality Check–$$$$$ Talks. The White House wouldn’t even accept FREE solar panels from 350.org even though solar panels would save a lot of money at the White House. It’s not what is ‘said’ but what is ‘done’ that is so revealing. Yeah, new nice suits, nice new carpets, nice newly painted walls, but the same environmental callousness as the previous occupants.
Well, if you are like I was at 8:30 am knowing nothing of Fracking, here’s some video and links for expanding your universe. Please accept my sincere apologies if you’re now not so calm about taking a soothing bath by candlelight.
Dave, the Lazy Photographer's Watchman in Toronto
No, this dude is not going to solve our environmental problems for us.
March 14, 2010 at 2:54 am (art, culture, drama, ethics, journalism, life, photography, Uncategorized)
Tags: award, coffee, Davecandoit, homeless man, lazy photographer, photographs, Shoeless Joe Needs A Coffee, Toronto
It is absolutely misleading to call Dave the Lazy Photographer. He’s anything but lazy when it comes to clicking his camera all over Toronto. Yes TORONTO. Who knew there was such a wealth of multiple socio-economic photographic subjects just waiting for capture by cameras. I was holding off on filing another of my blog awards as mandated by the natures of blog awards until a later date. But today Dave’s camera’s choice changed my mind. His photo post titled Shoeless Joe Needs a Coffee simply screams for attention–hence here is a link to a reality of urban life in cities like Toronto, Chicago, New York and Washington DC (where the homeless are everywhere except in the park directly across from the White House–go figure that.)
The Lazy Photographer Scores Featured Blog Award