Monday, May 12, 2008

Report on the Afterlife Review

Michael Bryson tackles -- with both arms and full body weight -- Stephen Henighan's new tome, A Report on the Afterlife of Culture. The review can be found here:

London may not be calling, but Guelph, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, for starters, certainly are. Henighan will be launching Afterlife in Guelph at the Bookshelf on Tuesday, May 20th at 7 pm, as part of a Bookshelf Birthday Bash, alongside Pasha Malla, Claudia Dey, and Maggie Helwig. He'll be then heading off to Toronto to read with Charles Foran (Join the Revolution, Comrade) at Nicholas Hoare at 6pm as part of the great Biblioasis muckraking revival. We're going to exchange the usual Hoare blue hairs for the baklava wearing revolutionaries who seem to come out of the Toronto woodwork whenever there's free wine to be had (to be served, in the proper spirit, in paper cups). Henighan will next be in Vancouver in early June (TBA), and Victoria June 6th at the Black Stilt Cafe.

Bryson's review has filled my head with 1980s alt-rock anthems. Hopefully the next cup of coffee will wash them away. But until then I'll counter the Clash's London Calling with R.E.M.'s It's the End of The World As We Know It (and I feel fine.)

{Yes: I know: another instance of the triumph of the global over the local. Sigh.}

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