Writing Et Cetera

ON LISTENING TO THE CLASH

A lot of the music made in the U.K. in the late 1970s and early 1980s is more important to me today, looking back, than the friends I had then – David Treacher and Neil Saint and Martin Robinson and Zoe Thomas. I remember their names, and a good few stories (I sport more than a couple of scars from those days), but the names just don’t have much of an emotional pull now. The friendships petered out not long after I arrived in Canada; the music has stayed with me.

THE SOFA AS ART

Teak Sofa

June 27, 2013. Humans are acquisitive creatures. Some faint glow at the base of our brain stem wants us to be forever storing up for the long winter ahead. It’s a survival instinct that makes the chest freezer salespeople pretty happy. But I’m pretty sure it’s some branch of that same instinct that has us storing up on socks and shirts and cars and smartphones.

ESMERINE

Esmerine

I wrote this piece about the great Montreal band Esmerine a few months ago. But today I heard that they'll be playing in Kingston at Chalmers Church on November 4th. This is exciting news. Now I don't get out as much as I used to, but this is different. See you there.

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DOG LOVER

Dog in Car Window

Two days ago I was driving into the city from Harrowsmith, where my partner’s mother lives in a fantastic old limestone house. We’d been out there for a swim—me and Sam and the kids—and I was wondering as I drove in whether that might be it ...

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