Saturday, December 22, 2012

Canadian charities, it's your time.

Oh thank god! The old Globe and Mail gem known as Margaret Wente has "curated" a list of charities to give to this holiday season. Thank god someone took it upon themselves to curate Canadian charities. They really need it, you know, in order to be considered of any aesthetic or artistic value. These organizations so desperately need to be contextualized amongst their peers! What has really been lacking over the years is critical and creative analysis of their work. Hm, I wonder if she will be producing a publication to go with this offering? Is this a touring endeavour? Will there be a curatorial talk? No? Is this just a list of charities you think are interesting? ARE WE STILL DOING THIS?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Child of the '90s

I was fifteen when Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was released. After school, I watched a lot of Much Music, ate a lot of pizza pockets, wrote a lot of words in my journal, and couldn't get enough of this:

Who isn't excited?

BLAMMO! It's Christmas-time!

In my early twenties, when I was a moody art school student that wanted to stay up all night drinking coffee while complaining about the Bush administration, I wasn't really allowed to like Christmas. It's so capitalist and empty, you know? All those presents! All these forced gestures and requisite time spent with family you were trying to get away from! Pure torture!

Here's a secret: I have always loved Christmas. It's totally amazing! Who doesn't love the production and consumption of delicious treats? Who doesn't love finding wonderful gifts for loved ones? Seasonal beverages? Holiday parties and holiday sales? The smell of evergreen trees and ambiguous woodsy things? Wool blankets? Gingersnaps for breakfast? Drinking during the day? Come on!

It's just the best.