Tag Archives: Offerings

Perspectives and Perversions

Dave Morris begins his “Opening Doors” article about Rick Bébout’s web site (Eye May 12/05) by quoting Bébout on gay people and what they offer: “We should be gift-givers,” says Rick Bébout. “We should be people who understand we have … Continue reading

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Home or Less

There’s a never going home built into the unempty occupied by the first person place. I am thinking here of the conclusion of a poem by Chrystos. It is the final poem found in the volume Not Vanishing and here … Continue reading

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Precedence

World of Ends: What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else by Doc Searls and David Weinberger under the rubric “Adding value to the Internet lowers its value” write Sounds screwy, but it’s true. If … Continue reading

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Object, Gift, Memento

Candida Pugh in a September 2007 review (appearing in the Annex Gleaner) of Kyo Maclear’s The Letter Opener chooses to highlight the following: Naiko’s mother languishes in a nursing home, slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. The journalist Kana, Naiko’s globe-trotting … Continue reading

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On the authentic

A page from Judith Martin’s Miss Manners’ Basic Training: Communication [Etiquette provides] a whole catalogue of things to say on every occasion: congratulations, thank you, I’m so sorry, happy birthday, I love you, happy holidays, best wishes and I offer … Continue reading

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Anti-Theft

Augustine’s Rule Chap 8.5 Should anyone conceal a gift bestowed upon him he shall be judged guilty of theft. Begs for an ontology of gifts. They are concealable. Not necessarily so. Gifts unbestowed are not yet open to concealment. There … Continue reading

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Spottings

Snowdrops spotted in the back garden by DWR. And a composition in his honour: tap drop running bucket sap tipping kettle thickening bottlefuls and bottlefuls of maple guile It is like a little haiku that ran away on the wings … Continue reading

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Knick-knack

Almost Japanese by Sarah Sheard has one passage that uncannily reminds some readers of the scene describing the results of a special un- and reclassifying of the elements of a collection in Jane Urquhart’s novel The Whirlpool. That which a … Continue reading

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