Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Have you submitted your workplace haiku to Bookninja? I did today, inspired by the haiku they have posted (and by the workplace, of course). Read them here, including a few by my favourite poet Jennica Harper. And then submit your own!

Heather Mallick underlines why I perpetually sing her praises with her piece on challenging authority. Oh, when she writes, "I believe education is important for its own sake. It is the basis of civilization. I especially believe in the teaching of history./ I am an elitist. I want people to be well-read, to value books. Here’s my reasoning. Educated people are more likely to deny authority. People who don’t read don’t have an intellectual storehouse to help them think independently. They do what they’re told. They have an endless desire to please those in authority; they don’t know they don’t have to." Has anybody in the whole world ever had more sense?

Maud Newton points me toward the following: the hierarchy of adjectives, which are rules you don't even know you know; and a poem by Grace Paley. And it was my coworker (since we're giving props here) who showed me this article on the evolution of phonebook catagories. No more shall you be able to look up a buttonhole maker, or carbon paper.

Today I met Erica G walking down Palmerston. I was on Harbord, reading and walking, and she pulled her own book out of her bag, which we discussed as we crossed the street, and then we said our farewells. I think it would be lovely if we all starting asking, "So what are you reading?" instead of "How are you?" when we met. The conversations might be better.