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Dealing with Family & Friends

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 10/23/2012 at 16:41

A trip down memory lane recalls my first collaboration with German author / artist Dorothee Lang—a 2009 cross-disciplinary project that appears in the online journal qarrtsiluni. The quasi-mathematical formula is as follows:

audio + visual + fiction + theory + stamp
Dealing with Family and Friends

The project evolved over a game of email volleyball; a series of back-and-forth tosses that began with the lines that now appear on the photo. Image selection was next. Then came the postage stamp. The fictional theoretical story followed. Audio-recording of the words came last. Somehow, we pulled it together, without any conscious road map or plan.

In addition to the online publication, the project is included (without audio) in qarrtsiluni’s print anthology entitled:



Dorothee’s notes on the process are here.

Impromptu > Pure Slush

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 02/23/2012 at 05:21

Unexpected engagements. Misleading social markers. When they coincide, they crack the solidity of my own taken-for-granted assumptions.  They raise questions and contain the potential to move me, transport me, to shift my perceptions.

My story entitled ‘Impromptu’ details such an encounter. It happened in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Here’s an excerpt:

It was one of those clear March days when dozens of crows line the branches above the stop and defecate on unsuspecting folk waiting for the southbound #3 — a typical 2pm in Vancouver at the corner of Hastings and Main.

The full story appears in Real Time—the nonfiction pages of Australia’s Pure Slush literary magazine. Here’s the direct link:


A special thanks to
Pure Slush editor Matt Potter.

A special thanks also to BluePrintReview for this #StorySunday accolade:

Do you recall any first impressions that concealed a story you never suspected?
Any engagements that cracked the solidity of your own perceptions?

Unfolding Folded Words

In Random Curiosities on 06/29/2010 at 08:35

Getting mail is cool. No doubt about it.

It’s even cooler when mail with my name on it contains something other than bills.

Take, for example, the package above — sent to me by California-based Folded Word Press Managing Editor, J.S. Graustein. The package contains two custom-made postcard bundles that unfold into a labyrinth of color-coded stories, written and made just for me.

Unravelled, they look like this: Read the rest of this entry »

Living ?s for Dorothee Lang

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 03/07/2010 at 18:13

Dorothee Lang is wonder woman — a whirling dervish of many worlds …

From her base camp in Germany, she swims through cyberspace under various banners including:

author, collaborator, experimental artist, photographer; BluePrintReview founding editor; international-group-writing-project coordinator; Second Tongue writing community co-founder; and, storySouth Award preliminary judge. On top of it all, she maintains her own website and blog.

While navigating cyberspace, she keeps her feet on the ground as CEO of BluePrintPress, author of the travel novel Masala Moments, and in transit — her hot-off-the-press short story collection. There are the cultures and roadways she explores away from home—in her travels of yesteryear, and on recent jaunts to Lanzarote, LondonSouth France

She also digs dirt in her garden, and grows flowers in spring, summer, fall…

Karyn Eisler:

How do you do it all? Read the rest of this entry »

Random ? for a Bus Driver

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 03/02/2010 at 05:05


“What was it like for you during the Olympics?”


“It was good. I liked it. No grumpy people.”

Quick ? for Matthew Budden

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 01/09/2010 at 07:32

When I look at the Baby Head paintings of Vancouver artist Matthew Budden I wonder:

Do babies enter the world as ‘blank slates’ waiting for society to mold them and leave impressions, or do they enter the world as ‘old souls’ with history and experience already behind them?

I posed the question to Mr. Budden.  Here’s what he said:


Maybe it varies from baby to baby, but the baby I raised certainly seemed like an old soul determined to follow a very particular path right from day one. However, images of babies can be thought of as something like blank slates.

Baby pictures interested me because they were so iconic and open to potential meaning. They could be painted any way the painting wanted to go. The key was to bring a baby head painting to a point where it obviously signified ‘some thing’, without thinking about it too much. Some of the painted babies are beautiful, some benign, and some bear the scars of a lifetime.

Now that the series is done I can look back and think a bit more about the unconscious impulses that may have been at work when I was painting—personal issues about fatherhood or aging, as well as bigger concerns about the wisdom of bringing a child into this world. The more horrific baby heads were almost certainly informed by images of suffering children in Northern Uganda I’d seen a couple of years before starting the series.

It may surprise you to know that when I started the Baby Head paintings I had no intention of making a comment about babies or babydom.


To view the Baby Head series in its entirety, visit Matthew Budden’s website here.

Image © Matthew Budden