Last week I had the pleasure of reading two very powerful books. The first, A Bigger Prize by Margaret Heffernan, is about the dangers of too much competition. Balancing sociology with real-life vignettes, Heffernan makes a well-documented argument against the damage we do ourselves, each other and the planet when we experience life as a constant race. … Continue reading A Middle Way: Adichie and Heffernan
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Above: Nicke Gorney's 21st Century Blues No. 5 - 42" x 42" oil, gouache, acrylic, OilBar @ Galerie D, Montreal. As a student in Toronto, I had a disconcerting conversation with a group of healthcare workers. I worked as a temp in the office of an oncology ward and the staff, mostly women, were complaining … Continue reading The Abstractions of Nicke Gorney
Amanda Palmer, a singer-songwriter, and Dale Chihuly, a master glassblower, are two successful artists who have been the targets of criticism: Palmer for not wanting to pay back-up musicians and Chihuly for over-producing his work. In this article I discuss the controversies dogging them. (Length: 1777 words) On August 21st, 2012, Amanda Palmer made a … Continue reading Show Me the Money: Amanda Palmer and Dale Chihuly