Monthly Archives: March 2011

Empathy as the Root of Creativity and Civilization

“I exist not if I do not attend to the suffering of others.” —Pablo Neruda Neruda’s empathic statement rings out like an anthem to me. In fact, I would make a case for empathy as the root not only of … Continue reading

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Songwriter Dominique Fraissard part of the new worldwide folk revival

Songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Dominique Fraissard is part of the new wave of folk music that includes Iron and Wine, Jon Butler, and Jack Johnson. “Simply one of the most amazing solo performers on offer,” notes Australian entertainment magazine The … Continue reading

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Wireless World: The End of the World as We Know It?

“It’s the end of the world as we know it / and I feel fine.” —REM, It’s the End of the World Imagine a world that has been so inundated with radiation that its inhabitants can barely function. Where a once … Continue reading

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Jeff Martin: The Erudite Rock Star

As guitarist, songwriter and producer for Canadian rock band The Tea Party, Jeff Martin hardly needs an introduction. As with Led Zeppelin, one of Martin’s primal influences, The Tea Party seemed to spring fully formed from the head of Zeus. … Continue reading

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Wayman Gets Real: The Emptiness of Abstraction: Interview with Tom Wayman, Part One

Recently I interviewed Tom Wayman following the launch of his latest book, the novel Woodstock Rising, at Selkirk College Library, Castlegar, BC. The interview is quite long but well worth reading for Wayman’s insights into the writing and publishing of … Continue reading

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The Death of Poetry, AD 2011

This essay is an introduction to the interview to follow with poet and author Tom Wayman, entitled Wayman Gets Real: The Emptiness of Abstractionism, to be published in two parts. Poets have only themselves to blame for killing their audience. … Continue reading

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The Shape of Our Fate

The Shape of Our Fate Thoughts on Kurosawa’s masterpiece The Seven Samurai and its offspring, The Magnificent Seven Sean Arthur Joyce You can’t change your fate, only the shape of it. —from The Seven Samurai This statement, made by the … Continue reading

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