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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Catching up

Latest quick hits...

Spent most of the new long weekend watching the first season of Dexter (which is very good), and mopping, as the combination of rain and frozen ground always results in a little water seeping into my apartment. Nothing got wet besides the rugs (which will take forever to dry properly) but it's really annoying trying not to slip and fall on the wet floor.

I nearly had a disaster as I had just gotten a batch of long comic boxes to finally properly organize my comics, and one of the newly filled boxes was just about to become awash when I got home. But no damage was done.

Went to my friend Joel's party on Saturday night. For a Vegan he can really cook! Or maybe you have to learn to cook when you're a vegan so you can stand being one.

My SF book club had a meeting on Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead, which I had chosen to do. It's not the sort of book I usually choose, being short on plot but long on mood and atmosphere. It's not perfect as it doesn't have an ending, but I thought we'd get some good discussion about it, and this turned out to be the case, I'm really glad I choose to do it. Next month, back to spaceships and lasers with Alaster Reynolds The Prefect.

Saw this year's History of the Village of the Small Huts play on Canadian history, Laurier! with my brother. This is a cycle of plays by Michael Hollingsworth performed at the Cameron House on Queen. They are performed on a small stage with the actors in whiteface with exaggerated features and costumes, with the theatre in complete darkness except for spotlights on the actors, who appear and disappear as the lights are used. This makes it sound weird, but it's enormously effective and quite brilliant. We follow Laurier as he becomes leader of the opposition and eventually PM, and has to deal with the fallout of Riel, the Boer War, Free Trade with the States, and his complicated personal life (he had a son by the wife of a close friend). GO AND SEE IT, you'll be glad you did.