Saturday, September 11, 2010

What I've been up to lately

  • Some advice for the kids going back to school.
  • Rae Spoon has a new album and it is essential.
  • I attended a Geist Magazine writing workshop led by Sheila Heti. The workshop was about making fiction from real life, and I don't know. I'm glad I went. I really enjoyed the passage Heti read from How A Person Should Be, her upcoming novel, and it was nice to devote a morning to thinking about writing. So yeah, I'm still bummed out about the Boyden workshop.
  • I did about seven minutes of stand-up at Guilt & Company, a chic Gastown bar that has really excellent improvised music on the nights it doesn't have comedy. The comedy night, Guilt & Comedy (obviously) is run by Kate Lumsdon and Lauren Martin and probably has a Facebook page or something. Despite not having been on stage in about five years, I felt really good about my set and would totally do it again if they asked (HINT, HINT).
  • Drag City has reissued Cats & Dogs, my favourite 1993 Royal Trux album.

mp3: "The Flag" by Royal Trux
mp3: "Death by Elektro" by Rae Spoon


Paul Dechene said...

About the Lou Reed shirt: Top notch advice (and great article otherwise).

In undergrad, I had the Andy Warhol banana shirt. For grad school, it was a Transformer album shirt I'd purchased in Prague (so: awesome shirt plus great story about where I bought it). Each contributed in its little way towards establishing my social life. Or at least I like to think they did.

Always wanted one with Metal Machine Music Lou, though. Still looking.

Anonymous said...

Make a new post!

Anonymous said...

By the way, Paul, I had the Transformer shirt, too, but I bought mine in Red Deer. How cool is THAT, hipster?