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The Coincidence Problem

I was walking north down Commercial Drive when I began to think about a friend I hadn’t seen for some months. I crossed Grandview Highway as the Skytrain passed overhead, and there was the friend I had been thinking about standing at the corner with his wife, and he was looking at me in some […]

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Marilyn enters Banff

Banffologists around the world are hard at work examining new evidence of Marilyn Monroe sightings in the Great National Park. More forensic samples are available at Global Lethbridge.

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Baby Collection

—found in my inbox a few days ago

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Vienna, Pangnirtung, Remembrance

Today is the birthday of my friend Sherie Kaplan who died earlier this year, so this is the first time that she and I are not exchanging emails and phone calls in order to arrange a birthday dinner. Instead, I have resolved on my own to start this blog again. Sherie and I were born […]

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In(ter)ventionists posing at Banff

Part 3 of 3 in the series 1-Minute Movies

3 of 3 posts in 1-Minute Movies On the second day at Banff, 20 Feb 2010, the In(ter)ventionists took a moment out of their deliberations to stand in the sunlight. This one-minute movie is sharper than the others on this blog, so maybe I’m getting it!

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Launch your own blog

Launch day: Banff Centre. The first entry in this blog, which goes public today, during the lunch break at the in(ter)ventions conference (parentheses supplied by the Banff Centre), was written on the 24th of January; several entries have been added since then during a month of tweaking and trying to understand the process of writing […]

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Ten thousand, a million copies in America

Paulo Coehlo, whose books had sold in excess of 65 million copies before one of them fell into my hands in a used book store in the spring of 2009, is described in the biographical note as having suffered torture at the hands of the paramilitary in Brazil in the late nineteen-sixties, an experience that […]

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Know when it’s over

Part 4 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

4 of 5 posts in 3-Cent MagazineAfter seven and a half years, and 117 issues, we put the 3-cent magazine to rest with a final monster edition of 24 pages, a length equivalent to 6 regular issues and intended to recognize outstanding subscriptio balances. The Last Issue was dated 20 January 1980, Sunday of the […]

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Do the math

Part 2 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

2 of 5 posts in 3-Cent MagazineBy our own calculations we had in the course of seven years spent $65,000 in the Marble Arch beer parlour, the equivalent of 130,000 glasses of beer. We had printed a total of 117,000 copies of the magazine, half a million pages of literary writing, we had perfected the […]

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The Extensible Moment

Part 2 of 3 in the series 1-Minute Movies

2 of 3 posts in 1-Minute MoviesThe digital camera offers the photographer a new dimension in image-making–we might call it the extensible moment. Photographs made using film technology can be said (as John Berger does) to cut across time. The minute-long photographs that result from holding a digital camera in one position in movie mode embrace or include […]

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Make a one-minute movie

Part 1 of 3 in the series 1-Minute Movies

If you hold a digital camera steady for a minute or so (in Movie mode), you get a still photograph with movement in it. Photographers have been “simulating” movement for a hundred years by registering blurs of more or less distinctness. Now they can get the detail and the movement at the same time, or during the same time–and time itself becomes a dimension of the photograph.

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Use the technology

Part 1 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

By our own calculations we had spent $65,000 in the Marble Arch beer parlour, the equivalent of 130,000 glasses of beer. We had printed a total of 117,000 copies of the magazine, half a million pages of literary writing, we had perfected the financial management technique that we had named 100% Loss Financing. And we had launched the 3-Day Novel Contest, which is still thriving today, in its pages.

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Launch a 3-cent magazine

Part 5 of 5 in the series 3-Cent Magazine

The idea for a four-page magazine emerged on an otherwise idle afternoon when we discovered that you could get 5,000 words onto an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper in 5 point type if you weren’t too picky about margins.

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