Archive for the 'Culture' Category

Jun 24 2013

On Pat Metheny, Kool-Aid, and Bullshit

Categorized under Culture,Music,Rant

Every June, as the Montreal International Jazz Festival approaches, I find myself thinking about Pat Metheny. I’m not a fan. It has nothing to do with Metheny’s immeasurable talent and skills; I just don’t care very much about his medium: jazz guitar. Back in 1989 I had not even heard of Pat Metheny until it […]

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Jan 31 2012

Vivian Maier in Quebec, Part 2

Categorized under Culture,Photography

Last week I wrote about Vivian Maier and how I had determined the exact location of a photograph she made in Quebec City at some point in the 1950s. I indicated that I know of another Vivian Maier photograph also taken in Quebec City, but that I could not determine the exact location. Well, dear […]

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Aug 05 2011

Jack Kerouac and Poutine

Recently, on Twitter, @Audrey_Sprenger tweeted that Jack Kerouac’s favorite snack was “Med rare cheeseburg on Engl muf w mayo & fried onions” because “it reminded him of poutine.” My bullshit detector immediately sounded, and I replied saying so. After a bit of back-and-forth, I backed down, deferring to Sprenger’s expertise, because, as it turns out, […]

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Jul 25 2010

Footloose Remake

Categorized under Culture,Television

Some Hollywood studio is remaking the 1984 movie Footloose. I hated the original Footloose. OK, let’s be reasonable; I “didn’t like” Footloose. At the time, I thought it was about the dumbest movie I had ever seen. (Red Dawn wouldn’t come out for another six months.) If you’re lucky enough to be unfamiliar with the […]

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Jun 23 2010

Against HDR

Categorized under Culture,Photography

June 26th is International HDR Day. HDR refers to “High Dynamic Range” a style of photography in which several different exposures of a single scene – usually one under-exposed, one normally exposed, and one over-exposed – are combined into a single image that supposedly shows all the shadow detail without any blown highlights. The software […]

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May 21 2010

What is “Montreal Culture?”

Categorized under Culture,Montreal

Way back in 2001, Quebec’s then Culture Minister Diane Lemieux commented that she felt Ontario had no real culture. Everyone in Quebec snickered. Everyone in Toronto got huffy. The debate raged across Ontario with various ministers of this and that standing up in their respective legislatures and declaring that Ontario does, indeed have culture. Lots […]

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Mar 16 2010

Martin Amis and the Decline of Print Media

Categorized under Communication,Culture,Writing

Forgive me while I carve a rather meandering path to my point, but it begins last spring when I received in the mail a flyer from the Humber School for Writers. It indicated that Martin Amis would be the headliner, the star instructor, at Humber’s summer workshops for 2009. Martine and I both wondered what […]

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