“As an investigator, I have no fixed point of view, no commitment to any theory–my own or anyone else’s. As a matter of fact, I’m completely ready to junk any statement I’ve ever made about any subject if events don’t bear me out, or if I discover it isn’t contributing to an understanding of the problem. The better part of my work on media is actually somewhat like a safe-cracker’s. I don’t know what’s inside; maybe it’s nothing. I just sit down and start to work. I grope, I listen, I test, I accept and discard; I try out different sequences–until the tumblers fall and the doors spring open.”
McLuhan, 1969, Playboy article
I was on a cool podcast called Story Untold, if you want to have a listen.
Image of Louise Bourgeois
Great review from Publisher’s Weekly; check out the full page here.
“Rainbow set a nice scene for interviewing because you’re already feeling open and loved and safe. People were able to talk about some of the darker aspects of their lives. It was super heavy and I didn’t have the best coping strategies at 22, so it was really overwhelming emotionally for me. You have to sit there with the person and feel what they’re feeling to get a good interview.”
“A lot of the people that I interviewed were women and queer folks. Many of them opened up completely to me and that’s not something I take lightly. I wanted to get it right and I wanted to honour the fact that their experiences were oftentimes very difficult and complicated. They required time to listen and re-listen and contemplate upon.”
Nice article on CBC books, interview by Jane van Koeverden.
Loving this cover design; bringing me back to my 2010 Adbusters article of the same name.
Hospital visits allow time for contemplation, time to acknowledge our fragile vessels, time to revisit our beliefs and then torch them entirely. I don’t find much fulfilment in writing these days, I would rather sit in a corner and stare at a wall. Small acts and movements become profoundly fulfilling when they are done without attachment.
Here is a talk on stress by Gabor Maté. Please send similar resources my way.
Check out my Canada Arts Connect Magazine review of Last Woman Standing, a rad documentary about women boxers in Canada. Represent!
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