And from there, I think I'll spend part of the afternoon watching Agents of SHIELD as I catch up on my e-mail.
More on other matters as the day wears on.
On my way to workshop last night, I stopped in at a second-hand bookstore. Picked up two books that seem apropos to the times:
- The Corporation: the Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan. Yes, this is the one that documentary was based on.
- The Age of Fallibility by George Soros. Why that one? When I saw the author's name, I remembered the several times I saw it invoked by various neo-Nazis, wannabe-fascists and other likeminded malcontents as a supposed villain. Usually, it would be on a Facebook forum organized by a truly legitimate news service. CBC, The Guardian, NPR, Dan Rather's News and Guts, or the like. As if by slander-chanting their ritual villifications often enough, they can override the truth with their worldview. And it's true that their like succeeded in several countries over the decades, but never permanently. Put in comic-book terms, there's a Batman: Year One quote that comes to mind: "All the right people seem to hate him."
Speaking of comics, you might want to look at these series: The Unstoppable Wasp, Spider-Woman, The Mighty Thor, and Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat. I'm having fun with all of them. More on other titles later.
Also, re-reading Sara Paretsky's Writing in an Age of Silence. It seems pertinent once more to me. Plus, I've enjoyed her mystery novels over the last decade or so.
..and I'm still alive. I'm still in Ottawa-Gatineau, which still exists in a still-independent Canada. For now.
I can make no guarantees about the future of myself, my cities and my country, of course. Not at the moment. But if there's a way for me to contribute to the survival of all three, I hope to be able to act on knowing it. If that reads as needlessly apocalyptic, I apologize in hope to everyone reading these words past at least 2018.
I note with some continuing interest in labour issues an interview with Unifor President Jerry Dias in yesterday's Toronto Star. Interest, and some hope, as I think we're not done with the issues Dias refers to just yet, in Canada or elsewhere. There are improvements that can be made to increase the satisfaction of workers and shareholders alike.
Also from the same newspaper, an article on the state of books and bookstores, in Canada and elsewhere that leaves me with some hope for the future of that business. I would be somewhat content to find myself as a staff person in a bookstore in the near future. I doubt that I'd like everything the work involves, but that's a peril of any line work. I could still console myself easily with being a productive person by helping others learn and be entertained. And if anyone wants to make the attempt in Ottawa east of the Greenbelt, let me know? The bus connections within this part of the city aren't perfect, but the price of bus passes is getting better for me.
Today's plans involve laundry, listening to The Sunday Edition and Cross-Country Checkup on CBC Radio One, and maybe some other chores as well. More as it develops, I'm sure.
Listening to this show was a steadying influence this afteroon for me. Hadfield and Jackson were large part of that. So was the host Shelagh Rogers.
I couldn't not go. Not with the news of acts of vandalism across the city, and the ongoing concerns about the US political situation that many see as one of the triggers of these crimes. It helped me with my anxiety issues for several good hours.
I hope that I was of help to others by being there.
Something I was reminded of this morning, via the CBC's Sunday Edition. You won't agree with all the choices of the authors on that list and that's right and proper, but maybe it'll start a discussion of equally helpful alternatives or additions.
Books I'm working on reading: 100 Days of Cree by Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey, for indigenous language studies. The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D for psychological self-awareness and ability to get along with others.
Elizabeth May on an "Age of Consequences":
Anyway...keeping an eye out for new reading material, and several of you have been kind enough to help out with recommendations of your own over the last few weeks. Merci beaucoup for that to those responsible.
A couple of titles I am trying to make time for:
1. The Ward: the Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood, edited by John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor. Recommended by Spacing Magazine's print edition, and since several of their Toronto contributors - such as Mr. Lorinc - are involved here...well, I need to get a look. We're talking about early Toronto history here, and a lot of Canadian history in general is still terra incognita - but never terra nullius! - to me.
2. Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit. Since I've been interested in her writings thanks to the historical atlases she's edited, this seems like a good thematic fit.
Had I thought sooner than I did that the procedures Eckler outlines therein might be an option for me to pursue, there might be far more copies of The Daily Planet Guide to Gotham City still "in the wild".
My apologies to everyone for that mistake.
If you want to see where I was last night, there's some pix I took of the event under discussion, taken at Library and Archives Canada's main building on Wellington. Some old friends of mine were there in different roles, and some new friends stood to be acquired. Also, the book in question is worth the money.
It's not every day that someone you're on a first-name basis with gets this kind of Recognition.
FYI: The reason I include "labour dispute" and "human rights" among the tags for this entry is because of themes in both novels.
Speaking of celebrations: tomorrow will be a big day for independent bookstores in Canada and the USA.
The Intercept reports on...interventions in the communications of convicts' families on social media. The potential consequences for all involved seem Problematic at best to my eyes. That the examples under discussion are in Texas does not make the matter less relevant.
On mapping the now and the possible future, there is a book that I now want: Connectography.
Keep that website bookmarked, okay? Because there's lots of news to come between now and September...
Reached a minor milestone this morning: book # 500 was catalogued: The Microphone Wars - A History of Triumph and Betrayal at the CBC by Knowlton Nash.
The collection doesn't and won't stop at that point, of course. But it seemed worth some small attention.
So I still got stuff done today.
New external hard drive.
New (used) cleverphone.
Library business squared away.
Oh, and I finally got the Hadfield autobiography today. Since I got it at the used bookstore attached to my local public library, that might count as a "cheat"...?
So before I continue, good manners require this question: is there anyone in this audience who (a) hasn’t seen Star Wars VII yet, and (b) cares to see it without being spoiled about plot details?
(((waits for audience to respond to these questions)))
( Possibly Spoilers After the Cut )
- Star Trek: Voyager - Atonement by Kirsten Beyer
- Shady Characters by Keith Houston
- Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know by Mark Bourrie (expanded to include coverage of Bill C-51 and other "Politics of Fear" manœuvers)
- Canada After Harper, edited by Ed Finn
- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinski