Monday, November 27, 2023

Canlit and the Hyper Modern 2

 CanLit and the Hyper-Modern 2


Canadian letters has always been good at highlighting environmental issues; it’s not a controversial issue, and artists, by their nature, tend to be sensitive to ecological concerns. 

However, concern is often contradicted by behaviour, especially when one’s career is at stake. 

The reality is that conventional book production has a significant carbon footprint, and so does book promotion. 

Yet authors need to make a living. How to square this circle?

Sunday, November 26, 2023

CanLit and the Hyper-Modern 1

AI is in the process of being replaced by artificial general intelligence — known by the acronym AGI.

Many novelists have dealt with this potentiality — most famously, perhaps, Arthur C. Clark in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Stanley Kubrick adaptation of that novel was so groundbreaking as a work of cinema that it’s eclipsed the novel’s place in the cultural firmament. But it was a novel that inspired the movie.

In Canadian letters, there have been speculative fiction examples. But not nearly with the same cultural impact. Why?

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Greening Korea: After Heavy Rain

Part three 

More about unusual rainfall patterns in Kyonggi do, South Korea.


More on climate change in Asia at YouTube: Yes, Planet, We’re Warming

Thursday, November 09, 2023

Who? What?

Happy that/ heureux que my brief VideoPoemSong entitled Who? What? To be screened at Minute Madness in Toronto.

COVID-19 is going to have an impact on all our lives, either directly through long term illness or indirectly through massive social cost. Yet we still understand very little about the origins of the disease and are not currently trying very hard. It may be that those origins are too obscure to ever be known. At the sane time, we pay very little attention to improved mitigation measures, and how we can prevent epidemic disease spread. That IS an area where we have some control. Yet we choose not to exercise this control.

If curious , YouTube link:

Peacedemic or Wargasm?


Israel/ Gaza 2


Israel/ Gaza 1


Ukraine/ Russia 2


Ukraine/ Russia 1


Wednesday, November 08, 2023

The Human Volcano

What burns hottest?

YouTube link:

Yongin, two days ago


Saturday, November 04, 2023

City and Temple

 World Bardo

Temple and City

YouTube link: Ambient: Temple and City (World Bardo 98 - new cut)

Screenings and awards:

Winner, best cinematography, Global India IFF, March 20, 2019

Festival selections:

Indo Global International Film Festival

Dec 25, 2020


Goa Short Film Festival

Nov 2, 2019


Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival

Dec 26, 2019



Sep 20, 2019


An authorial videopoem. The footage was shot over several months in/ near Seoul.

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Greening Korea: Boiling Oceans

Clip from Greening: Boiling Oceans.

Full video at YouTube: Greening Korea: Boiling Oceans


It’s unusually warm in Korea this autumn. Ocean surface temperatures have a lot to do with that.

#climatechange #carbonemissions #oceantemperature