03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
I am not dead.
In fact, I'm MORE than not dead, I am even thriving. Thank you for caring.
Here's a quick re-cap from the last episode:
WhiteBox went to South Africa. He gave people condoms. Lots of condoms. He didn't learn to speak Xhosa, there were too many **clicks** and nobody outside of the province speaks the damn language. He saw some wildlife: giraffe, antalope, waterbuffalo. He also saw ostriches, they are scary because their beaks are at perfect eye-pecking height. We had a World AIDS Day event in East London, it was a big success. The weather was good, the poetry readings were fantastic and the kids had fun.
I'm really glad to be back home. It feels great. Now I just have to find a job. Booo.
On Wednesday, my sister and I went to the NFB building (across the street from Paramount theatre) to see a screening of the rough cut of a movie called "Fiercelight" about 'spiritiual activism'. The movie examined the spiritual side of different protest acions around the world. It looked at a community farm in South Central L.A. that was threatened with demolition; annual protests at the School of the Americas; and the American civil rights movement. The movie was very rough, but the audience made a lot of really intelligent comments about the form and content of the film. The direcor's name is Velcrow Ripper.
Oh yeah, I just found out from Kate that apparently at my grandmother's funeral in October, most of the family was baked for several days in a row. AND I MISSED IT!? AAARGH!
Hey there, friends! It's me, Sam. And I've got news!
As of Dec. 17th, 2007, I am become MONDO's new Lifestyle editor. Apparently, reunning what essentially amounts to the magazine's "misc." column demands a certain fractured "take" on life which the existing editors thought I would be good at harnessing. Anyways, asides from the obvious light bragging, I have a dark, sinister, ulterior motive for calling you all here today. If I'm to be a successful editor, I'm going to need to foist together a regular and semi-regular writing staff. So how's about it, apes? Wanna write for my section? We already publish the sex advice columns, the recipes and now Claire has a travel column in, but I know that we could be doing so much more in Lifestyle. Anything on urban life, ideas or opinions, satirical shorts, etc. Definitely some things on internet lifestyles. I wanna get things flowing. Leo, I know you could easily do some things in this vein. Same with you, Jacob. Colleen, I know that you focus more on an arts writing perspective, but if you ever get the urge to toss anything non-standard my way, I'd totally appreciate it. Dave, I don't even know if you still actively participate in this blog (I sure didn't, for a good while. There's no judgement in this), but you always seem up on the trends. Ben, if you've got any thoughts on urban living, I'd love to hear them. Also, while I'm haranguing, you should also contribute to the arts section. Anyone else have good ideas for things? Box? Neil? Andrea? Shirin? Naomi? Atly? Theoretically Benji and Aaron? Ping? Blog readers of the internet? Come one, come all!
I will also, in my role as editor, be distributing more structured assignments for those who are still interested in writing, but not in making up their own topics. Actually, I'll be giving those assignments out to everyone, regardless of whether or not they enjoy making up their own topics. So come on, whaddya say? It'll be fun! Plus, I'm told that free beer may soon be back on the table for contributing. Sure, it's not "getting paid" money, but what is, in this barter-based economy of ours?
Anyways, lemme know if there's any interest here. I'm assuming that you all know my email address. I'm fairly sure it's in my blogger user profile.