Art, Man and Technology

Evening views over Pariser Platz from the Akademie der Künste exhibit...

Evening views over Pariser Platz from the Akademie der Künste exhibit…

Okay, I swiped that title from Steve Kilbey. It’s the name of a really cool box set containing a CD of spoken word tracks that accompany a series of postcards printed from his paintings. I highly recommend checking it out — my favourite prose poetry pieces on there are The Visitor and The Lonely City.

Don’t Forget to Remember

The war graves section of the Pershore cemetery — 41 of these men were Canadians

The war graves section of the Pershore cemetery — 41 of these men were Canadians

Yesterday was Remembrance Day — November 11th, the day we pause to think about all those who lost their lives in the two World Wars, and in Korea and all the conflicts that have happened since.

My Dad Died 10 Years Ago Today

I still remember the moment I knew — really knew — that my dad was dying.

I was in a cheap hotel in Bangkok, lying there awake trying to sleep. I’d received an email that day which said my dad had been ill, and they were sending him for some tests. One of the last lines read, “You should probably come home.”

It’s Banned Books Week — Let’s Stop and Remember

It’s Banned Books Week.

I’m sure the majority of people aren’t aware of this. And even avid readers may have missed the news.

But this is the special time each year when we pause to think about censorship, and to remember all the great literature that has been banned, suppressed or otherwise made purposefully unavailable in an effort to control what we read and think.

Bringing Dreams to Physical Reality — The Magic of Print

I got a sneak peak inside a crucial part of the publishing industry last week when I was given the opportunity to tour Lowe-Martin’s Ottawa St. Laurent facility — where Outpost and other fine magazines are printed.

Okay, Yeah — The New Book

A lot of people replied by email to my last cryptic “Where’s Waldo” blog…

Well, the correct answer is “Ottawa”.

I’ve locked myself away in semi-seclusion for a month to get a solid start on a new book. And I’m pleased to report that it’s going well.

Where’s Ryan — Can You Guess?

It’s time for a little game of “Where’s Waldo”…

Except… well… I’m Waldo. And I’m not wearing a striped sweater or a funny hat.

I’m on the road again. And I’m currently locked in semi-seclusion making a start on a new book.

Here’s a late-day view from my balcony:

Three New Stories — On Newsstands Now!

It’s been a bit quiet around here lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been scheming…

You were desperate for your travel fix. In need of stories that combine adventure, philosophy, bookish overtones and deep desert thoughts.

Well it’s time to get your fix…

This Email Made My Day

Thanks very much to Vagabond Dreams reader “Voyageur” who took the time to drop me a line this week:

The 360 Degree Penthouse Years

A few weeks ago I sent you an email about the end of the Palazzo Years. And I shared some photos of the amazing 400 year old house I was renting in a village called Zejtun in the south of Malta.

As it was prophesied, so it has come to pass.