The Sir Robert Bond Papers: 2016 in books #nlpoli

1.  Brand Command by Alex Marland.  The book that political marketing and communications academics will be quoting for a while to come. 2.  Observing the outports by Jeff Webb.  An accessible examination of the role the new university, its professors, and students played in the social and economic changes in Newfoundland and Labrador during the ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Being Useful: a Necessary Shift in Radicalism

“Oh, what can we do in a case like that? Nothing to do but sit on your hat, or your toothbrush, or your grandmother, or anything else that’s useless.“ Those are the butchered words of a Burl Ives song I sang as a kid until my sister corrected me. The last word is actually helpless, not useless. ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Late Summer Reading #nlpoli

From the University of Toronto Press: “The years after Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada were ones of rapid social and economic change, as provincial resettlement and industrialization initiatives attempted to transform the lives of rural Newfoundlanders. “At Memorial University in St. John’s, a new generation of faculty saw the province’s transformation as a critical moment. Some ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Late Summer Reading #nlpoli

From the University of Toronto Press: “The years after Newfoundland’s confederation with Canada were ones of rapid social and economic change, as provincial resettlement and industrialization initiatives attempted to transform the lives of rural Newfoundlanders. “At Memorial University in St. John’s, a new generation of faculty saw the province’s transformation as a critical moment. Some ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: labradore’s Labrador #nlpoli

For your summer reading enjoyment, here are five books on Labrador, courtesy of the always helpful Wallace McLean at labradore: Elizabeth Goudie, Woman of Labrador Originally published in 1973, Woman of Labrador is Elizabeth Goudie’s enduring and candid story of her pioneering life as a trapper’s wife in the early 1900s. She was left alone ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More Newfoundland books you should read #nlpoli

Yesterday you got Jerry Bannister’s five books on Newfoundland. Today you get an eclectic list from your humble e-scribbler: 1.  Jeff Webb,  The Voice of Newfoundland: A Social History of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, 1939–1949.  This is a book about how radio helped shape Newfoundland at a crucial time in its social, economic, and ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The ":new" Newfoundland #nlpoli

Every once in a while,  SRBP has featured a list of suggested books either for summer enjoyment or as in April 2006,  for anyone interested in reading about Newfoundland and Labrador. A recent email reminded your humble e-scribbler that it was time to update the recommended list of books on Newfoundland and Labrador.  There are ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Cast Off Discouragement!

I just watched Gordon Laxer give a talk on his newest book, After the Sands. I haven’t read the book yet, but here are my notes from his speech. This is more or less paraphrased with reasonable accuracy (and links!). I had never heard of Laxer before, but he was the first chair of the ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Cast Off Discouragement!

I just watched Gordon Laxer give a talk on his newest book, After the Sands. I haven’t read the book yet, but here are my notes from his speech. This is more or less paraphrased with reasonable accuracy (and links!). I had never heard of Laxer before, but he was the first chair of the ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On That Time I Fell and Hurt My Head

I fell on ice a few days ago. My feet were swept clear out from under me, and apparently I injured my brain. At the hospital, they said it’s either a migraine or a concussion, and since I don’t have a history of migraines, and since I wiped out earlier that day, it’s probably a ...

cartoon life: Books for Tingest are built

Well…. Books for Tingfest are built and sent off and ordered. They will each be a limited edition of twenty. One of those has to go to Library and Archives Canada. I wouldn’t mind keeping one for myself, if that’s alright with you. As to any of the other books I’ve printed and distributed, well… I ...

Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

I’ve known Michael for about 25 years. He’s a good friend, activist and writer. Recently he and his partner Natalie shut down their used bookstore in Etobicoke, which had existed in various forms on Lake Shore for 14 years, and will be moving his bookselling business online in a recognition of changing consumer habits. While ...

Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

I’ve known Michael for about 25 years. He’s a good friend, activist and writer. Recently he and his partner Natalie shut down their used bookstore in Etobicoke, which had existed in various forms on Lake Shore for 14 years, and will be moving his bookselling business online in a recognition of changing consumer habits. While ...

Andy Lehrer: Michael Laxer turns the page

Michael Laxer I’ve known Michael for about 25 years. He’s a good friend, activist and writer. Recently he and his partner Natalie shut down their used bookstore in Etobicoke, which had existed in various forms on Lake Shore for 14 years, and will be moving his bookselling business online in a recognition of changing consumer ...

centre of the universe: Money for Nothing

Copyright is, at its simplest form, the method by which creators are paid for their work. It is a registration of an intellectual property (IP). It says “the creator has the right to charge, or not to charge, money for you to use this”. It’s not a form of censorship (and no court would rightfully ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Rape on Campus

Since I saw Into the Wild and started reading Krakauer, I haven’t stopped. But this last one took a while to open. It’s about rape on college campuses, specifically in one football-lovin’ town: Missoula. The book is readable only because the rape scenes are reported factually and “reporter-ly” without any emotional language attached to the ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Finnish Schools: What Do They Have That We Don’t Have?

Everyone’s a buzz about schools in Finland being awesome, so I read a book and some articles and their curriculum documents to figure out what’s so special. In a nutshell, copying their school system will do little unless we can find a way to copy their entire culture, but let’s look at their structure nonetheless ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Is same sex marriage a recent phenomenon? Actually, it isn’t. Let me explain. On Tuesday, the odd legal team of David Boies and Ted Olsen (who opposed each other in the infamous Bush vs Gore debacle) will try to build on their previous victories in striking down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Is same sex marriage a recent phenomenon? Actually, it isn’t. Let me explain. On Tuesday, the odd legal team of David Boies and Ted Olsen (who opposed each other in the infamous Bush vs Gore debacle) will try to build on their previous victories in striking down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: A same sex marriage, 200 years ago

Is same sex marriage a recent phenomenon? Actually, it isn’t. Let me explain. On Tuesday, the odd legal team of David Boies and Ted Olsen (who opposed each other in the infamous Bush vs Gore debacle) will try to build on their previous victories in striking down Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. ...

centre of the universe: To Print or Not to Print

You’ve heard by now that HarperCollins will be publishing a “new” book by Harper Lee, the author of one of my favourite books, To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee, renowned for being reclusive and very protective of her work, may not have made the decision to publish, and that raises some interesting questions. Questions about art ...

mark a rayner: Breakthrough books and late bloomers

As a “late bloomer” (my first novel wasn’t published until I was 39 and I haven’t had that “breakthrough” book yet), this interactive infographic is kind of reassuring. I hope you enjoy it it too! Alltop loves a good bloomer. Source: Blinkbox Books

PostArctica: Short Story

I woke up this morning and what happened next will blow your mind. I put on the pot for hot water and something extraordinary happened. Then I went to the bathroom and you just wouldn’t believe what happened there. Back in the kitchen I found something awesome. The water boiled and I will never forget ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A renaissance feast for Christmas #nlpoli

Fans of politics in Newfoundland and Labrador have two excellent books that should be at the top of their Christmas gift lists this year. First among unequals: the premier, politics, and policy in Newfoundland and Labrador is a collection of 12 essays on different aspects of recent politics with an introduction, and an opening and ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Wente’s "It Girl" Article

It’s curious that Margaret Wente is so clear about the errors Klein commits in her new book, when it appears from Wente’s article today, “The It Girl of climate change doesn’t get it,” that she’s looked at “every interview, excerpt and review,” but hasn’t actually read the book.  It reminds me of a film buff ...