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jewish christmas.

December 23, 2009
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Bob Dylan. Must Be Santa.

Bob Dylan is the best, obviously. This video is also obviously the best. I usually hate Christmas songs but it took a Jewish man with an awesome haircut/wig (?) to get me into the swing of the season. Watch it.

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portraits of power.

December 14, 2009
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Platon for The New Yorker.

While I was sipping a post-market coffee at The Trident Booksellers and Cafe this past Saturday, I came across this series in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Although I read the newspaper daily, I was surprised by how few of names I could put to the faces of these men (and few women). It seems that in terms of power-recognition, television might be the better news media?

This past September, when nearly all the world’s leaders were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations, Platon, a staff photographer for this magazine, set up a tiny studio off the floor of the General Assembly, and tried to hustle as many of them in front of his lens as possible. For months, members of the magazine’s staff had been writing letters to various governments and embassies, but the project was a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chávez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera…


tattoos of ships…

December 13, 2009
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…and tattoos of tears.

Ever since I moved back to the city, I’ve been spending a lot of time with the boys – drinking beer and eating larger and more inventive hamburgers every weekend. This weekend, we changed it up. Wine. Pizza. And tattoos of Land and Sea.


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Farm City Living.

December 11, 2009
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Spacing Atlantic. Urban Issues Blog. Autumn 2009.

New markets are popping up all over the city. Whether it’s from a North End street-side market or one found in a South End parking lot, more and more people are buying local food. Although most Haligonians embrace the local food movement, Halifax city council isn’t on board; at least when it comes to urban poultry. The beginning of 2008 saw city council taking a stance against food security with its decision to ban backyard laying hens. Almost two years later, it seems that urban agriculture enthusiasts and amateur chicken farmers will get another chance to plead their case…

Read more about Halifax chickens here.


murder.

December 6, 2009
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Nick Cave.

I’ve been listening to Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds over and over again. Incredibly composed, beautiful album about a number of gruesome murders – a whole album’s worth.
Just watched The Proposition, a film written by Nick Cave set in the Australian outback, a wild-western of sorts. Also features a number of horrific murders.
Finally, I came across this beautiful letterpress version of Nick Cave’s novel And the Ass Saw the Angel published by Black Spring Press. I’m going to read the novel and naturally I’d love to have one of those £425 hand-bound in leather versions. Check it out.


forty years.

December 4, 2009
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Fred Hampton. Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Chicago. 30 August 1948 – 4 December 1969.

“Anything that goes down with oppressed people on the part of the oppressor, it should be reciprocal. And in plain proletarian workers’ language: it takes two to tango. As soon as these motherfuckers go, we go.” – Fred Hampton

Today was the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton. 21 years-old.
Democracy Now! had an interesting discussion about his life, his impact, his murder by Chicago Police today.
Coincidentally, last evening I drank pints and talked about the Panthers and then came home and put up some Panther propaganda. And now this memorial. That’s it for black power posts for awhile, though.


black power.

December 3, 2009
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Emory Douglas. Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party 1967 – 1980.

I first encountered Emory Douglas’ art in a magazine in Southern Mexico.
As Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers, Douglas used his mad graphic skillz to illustrate the national newspaper The Black Panther.
I like the simplicity of the images, the two-tone – it makes a cheap print job look dope. Reminds me of woodblock prints.
More Art + Politics!

(I’d post more of his work, I have more to post, I’d like to post more but I’m struggling with the layout, struggling so much, I’ve been trying for far too long to make this happen, far too long, so long that it’s becoming embarrassing and what began as a meditative end to my day has become overly stressful and now I’m going to retire this post, pick up my book, read, read, read, sleep…).