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The Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman

I’ve been away from blogging recently, mostly because I was workshopping, editing, and submitting a story that had been devouring my soul for quite some time (I was in tears as I finished it, no joke). Aside from fictional efforts already submitted elsewhere, I had little of any value to share. The most important news is what’s coming out of Iran, and the most interesting developments are in the sudden surge of networked citizenship in the aftermath of that news…

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the life and times of the Toronto anime student

the life and times of the Toronto anime student

Yesterday involved a trip to the doctor, a woman singing about God to the rest of the train, and a gibberish-speaker who nestled up close to me and asked me to hold a crumpled plastic water bottle in my open fist while he reached his finger down inside and tickled it, over and over. Clearly in need of protection, I snagged some of the infamous Watchmen condoms from a promotional installation aboveground — a faux newsstand circa 1985 with Silk…

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Post rec: AFP and unexpected art

Post rec: AFP and unexpected art

Amanda Palmer has a great post up regarding the discovery of art in everyday existence. i used to think that being a street performer (i was a living statue for five years….i should really write a book about it) was the ultimate act of art, because NOBODY would ever recognize my art in any way that was acceptable, nobody would ever applaud, no reviewers would ever come, no critics would ever ponder whether i had a good or bad performance…….

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This really happened, too:

This really happened, too:

Seeing the bus that would eventually deliver me to my Japanese class, I was fumbling for my tokens when a small Filipina woman leaned in close and said: “You don’t need that,” and brandished a transit day pass with the day’s date scratched out. “Just pretend to be my friend,” she said, as the bus huffed its way to the curb. “Sure,” I said. “Whatever you want.” This is how stories about kids getting hustled start. But I have this…

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