Archives for the month of: July, 2012

[Love] is a ferocious activity where you experience defeat, where you experience acceptance and you experience exaltation; and a fixed idea about it will definitely cause you a great deal of suffering.

Leonard Cohen on CBC’s Q, April 2011



Every generation thinks it’s the last
Thinks its the end of the world

Wilco, You Never Know


Sometimes nobody wins…

On Friday night, during the perfect summer beach bonfire, beautiful lanterns started floating into the sky from a wedding happening nearby. I don’t know if it was the illicit substances being enjoyed at the campfire, or what, but I love these lanterns.  I’m sure they are terrible for the environment and all that, but they look like beautiful floating jelly fish and I just want to watch them fly and fly.

images via some cheesy wedding website

via restronaut

Listening to podcasts is one of my favourite solo activities. My favourites include New Yorker Out Loud (the magazine’s weekly comment podcast rules too), This American Life (on everyone’s list), Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing, and Slate Magazine ‘s Culture Gabfest.

The Culture Gabfest can be super annoying and pretentious — think middle-aged journalists referring to themselves as grad students and 40 minute discussions on the cultural significance of “Call Me Maybe” — but there is something pleasurable about listening to a bunch of nerds over analyze pop culture by choice, and not because they’re sitting next to you at a bar or coffee shop. That said, the show’s producers put together a Summer Strut Playlist based on listeners recommendations and it’s really good listening. It’s meant to be listened to on a streaming website that Canadians can’t access, but some lovely Internet lady or fellow threw all the tracks on Youtube. I endorse it (it has Belle and Sebastian on it, so now you do too).

Summer strutting is cool, thus I decided my summer strut song this year is Young Folks by Peter, Bjorn & John. I know its outmoded, kind of annoying, and stuffed with trite lyrics, but I can’t stop listening to it. So I won’t. I also like the video. Here are some stills.

If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash.

–Kurt Vonnegut, 1970 (Not yet a crotchety old man!)

Various visual and theatrical interpretations of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — not because I think the play is balderdash, but because it celebrates the magical, and we should all try to do more of that. Also it is midsummer and that is a beautiful thing.

The Canadian Stage theatre company is putting on Shakespeare’s play in High Park all summer. I plan on heading there soon to see the fairies and drink wine on the outdoor theatre’s mossy stone seats; how dreamy…..

Some photos from Pride weekend in Toronto. A great place to check out people in high spirits, Lady Ga Ga music on repeat and partial full nudity. The drag queen performing as Tina Turner was definitely a highlight, because, as you know, I love that fringy dress.