Canada iz Hot

Yes, we're just three days away from the big event!

Please keep in mind that I noted the wrong address in my last post about the party. This is the real deal!

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 732 E. 11th @ Fraser
City/Town: Vancouver, BC

$3 drinks (beer and vodka hi-balls) and hot dogs by donation! Featuring DJ's Eric Cairns and Dan Parker from LAZERBOMB and a "killer pinata." You'll have to show up to find out what it is...


Sad Magazine is an emerging arts and culture magazine, launching September 2009 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are a not-for-profit publication with a mandate to support Vancouver's diverse culture and young artists, like you!

I'm going to buy mountains of hot dogs now... see you on Wednesday!





I am absolutely flabbergasted by concept art and character portraits released yesterday from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Only 269 more sleeps!

Top to Bottom: Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

AND THERE'S MORE! Film stills via USA Today


There are no words for this

No, seriously, watch this. I guarantee you'll laugh or your money back.

Viewing notes from Videogum:

As tempting as it is to get depressed by this GENIUS NY Mag video of diverse, yet uniformly insane David Letterman protesters at a rally outside his show last night, there are too many things that make it the most hilarious video we'll see today, like "You know what schmuck means in Jewish?" and "I only watch Fox News." Not to mention the guy with the "I Am A Right Wing Lunatic" sign, who should be a guest on Letterman, and the two dudes pretending to make out behind a hysterical woman. This video is so funny it almost makes up for the whole stupid Palin publicity stunt. Almost.


I Exploded Facebook

I can't seem to invite y'all via facebook to this superfun event but you must attend:

Sad Mag presents

A backyard EastVan party to celebrate our nation's birthday. We say it doesn't get better than this.

This is a barbecue/beer fundraiser for an exciting new Vancouver publication (I think it's the best). Expect games, watermelon carving, beer, and hot dogs! All proceeds going towards our big launch in September 2009.

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 700 E. 11th @ Fraser
City/Town: Vancouver, BC


UPDATE: Ish reminded me that you can send delegates and invite friends! Anyone who loves beers, weiners, summer, knives, books, magazines, photos, sunshine, Canada, or any combination of the aforementioned.


Sad Magazine is an emerging arts and culture magazine, launching September 2009 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are a not-for-profit publication with a mandate to support Vancouver's diverse culture and young artists, like you!

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This is for Michelle.

via Daily What

Get Real: Cover Lies

Maybe this issue is already off newsstands but this is still hilarious: Here's Jezebel's take on the June cover of Elle. It's funny 'cause it's true.

via Jezebel/Cover Lies

"You're the President, not a rerun of Law and Order"

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
—Bertrand Russell

I'm lucky to have HBO at home but I can't stand Bill Maher's Real Time. But, I have to say that the comedian's speech about "Obama the Celebrity" on Friday night may have made me a fan. See it here:

Italians are the new Japanese

Look at the insane amount of packaging made for this little treat by Ferrero:

More at Sara Rosso

French Covers

Music for summer

Nouvelle Vague - So Lonely (The Police)


Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry

One of the most delicious treats of a very wonderful weekend has been reading the book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. Perhaps you've already read it because it was praised by the New York Times (author Leanne Shapton works for the Op-Ed page), Macleans (Shapton worked here as an art director!) and young hippie (hipster/yuppies... what do you call them?) people.

Anyhow, it was also recommended to me by my friend Rachel, whose opinion is always rock solid. So I get this little book on Friday from the public library and I am immediately charmed. Take this epigraph from Novalis: "We seek the absolute everywhere, and only ever find things," and that pretty much sums of the jist of the book, only Shapton tells her story so imaginatively and delicately.

Important Artifacts (literally) catalogs the relationship of a now defunct couple - Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, a New York Times food writer and international commercial photographer, respectively - through their things. It's not so much a book as an auction catalog where a curator has photographed and described each of the items with a polite and neutral eye. For instance, see Lot 1156:
An invitation and a program
An invitation to the National Newspaper Awards. Dooland was nominated for her New York Times story about blancmange. 6 x 6 in.
Not illustrated.
As Dolland was Instanbul, she could not attend the awards ceremony
The story unfolds through letters, gift exchanges, photographs, among other items, that illustrate rose-tinted beginnings and a despondent demise.

It's been reported that the rights to the "novel" have been picked up by Paramount Pictures for adaptation into a romantic comedy starring Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman. So have a look at this lovely book while you can still stand to.



Peggy's Cove


How Bazaar?

The publishing world has gone truly topsy turvy! Everything I used to believe was true (about mainstream American magazines) is no longer! Somebody, stop the madness.

First, I'm fuming about Interview magazine and then I read that Harper's Bazaar editors have opted to use a paparazzi photo for the cover of their July issue.

Jezebel writer Dodai takes a stroll down memory lane in this post, to show far we've strayed since the glory days (1950-1970s... Vreeland, Brodovitch!, Avedon, Marvin Israel, Ruth Ansel and Beatriz Feitler). It hurts.

Glenn O'Brien Has Left the Building

Remember back in the day, you were like, "WOW, I love Interview magazine. I could read it everyday. Everyone in it is so interesting and sexy! And OMG, this design, and OMG, this gorgeous photography. And this cover just makes me want to diiiiiiiiie."

Well, those days are over. Interview's editorial director and Fabien Baron's partner in crime, Glenn O'Brien is leaving the magazine after rapidly transforming it into a much admired publication.

In just months, the magazine has fallen from grace in the midsts of many masthead changes. O'Brien is likely leaving having already realizing the mag's suck value, for lack of a better term. (They've honoured Zac Efron, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Emma Watson covers in just the first six months of 2009. What will the rest of the year bring? Perhaps they could include Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers on individual collectors' covers, and then an homage to Canon super-spokesmodel Avril Lavigne in the big September issue.)

Intel via NYMagazine

Fashion is Danger

Bret and Jemaine, 2006
New Zealand

via Sexy People
Also, check out Inherited Jeans at fashionisdanger.blogspot.com

Urban China

Urban China, China's first urbanism magazine, according to Wallpaper*, has been around since 2005.

The mag offers a modern perspective on a country stepped in old traditions. This is completely apparent in the magazine spreads Wallpaper* posted... some pages look like something out of the old textbooks my parents have at home; others use the same tired design that I see in my grandmother's celebrity tabloids.

I wonder, what's it like to work with Chinese typography?



Artist Rob Matthews printed off 5,000 pages of wikipedia's "feature articles" and bound them into a single volume:
"Reproducing Wikipedia in a dysfunctional physical form helps to question its use as an internet resource."

Also, how cheeky is Matthews's work?

June 8 -14, 2009


Print lovers, have no fear, Dave Eggers is here

At an Authors Guild benefit in New York, Dave Eggers gave out his email and promised to write anyone who was feeling down about the future of print and cheer them up. After a deluge of messages, here's the response he sent out.

[Eggers has a rare talent of spinning hopeful stories and making us believe that the world is really a good place. Wonderful at times, undeniably cloying at others. Today, I'm posting this email because Egger's rallying cry is a super sweet smackdown on all those "print is dead" posts I blogged earlier in the year, and reanimates my love for print, if only for a few hours]:

Dear Person Needing Bucking Up,

Hello and thank you so much for writing. I feel honored that you would take the time to reach out and in many cases tell me your very real struggles with writing and work and the future of the printed word.

I have a few thoughts to share, though unfortuately in this space I can’t detail all the reasons I think we have a fighting chance at keeping newspapers and books alive in physical form. But before I do blather for a few paragraphs, I should apologize for sending you a mass email.

As you probably know, a week ago I gave a speech to about 100 people in New York, and I didn’t foresee it getting out there on the web. (Shows how much I know.) And I really didn’t expect this email address to be given out. Again, though, that was my lack of foresight. And I’m an infrequent emailer, so I’m unable to respond to most of the (plaintive, beautiful, heart-ripping) emails that have been sent to me these past few days. So I apologize for not being able to answer your email personally. Or at least not in any timely manner.

Anyway. I would like to say to you good print-loving people that for every dire bit of news there is out there, there is also some good news, too. The main gist of my (rambling) speech at the Author’s Guild was that because I work with kids in San Francisco, I see every day that their enthusiasm for the printed word is no different from that of kids from any other era. Reports that no one reads anymore, especially young people, are greatly overstated and almost always factually lacking. I’ve written about youth readership elsewhere, but to reiterate: sales of young adult books are actually up. Total volume of all book sales is actually up. Kids get the same things out of books that they have before. Reading in elementary schools and middle schools is no different than any other time. We have work to do with keeping high schoolers reading, but then again, I meet every week with 15 high schoolers in San Francisco, and all we do is read (literary magazines, books, journals, websites, everything) in the process of putting together the Best American Nonrequired Reading. And I have to say these students, 14 to 18 years old, are far better read and more astute than I was at their age, and there are a million other kids around the country just like them.

These kids meet every week at McSweeney’s, and things at our small publishing company are stable. We’re a hand-to-mouth operation to be sure, but we haven’t had to lay anyone off. To some extent, that’s because we’re small and independent and have always insisted on staying small and independent. We take on very little risk, and we grow very cautiously. It’s our humble opinion that the world will support many more publishers of our size and focus. If you can stay small, stay independent, readers will be loyal, and you’ll be able to get by publishing work of merit. Publishing has, for most of its life, been a place of small but somewhat profit margins, and the people involved in publishing were happy to be doing what they loved. It’s only recently, when large conglomerates bought so many publishing companies and newspapers, that demands for certain margins squeezed some of the joy out of the business.

Pretty soon, on the McSweeney’s website— www.mcsweeneys.net — we’ll be showing some of our work on this upcoming issue, which will be in newspaper form. The hope is that we can demonstrate that if you rework the newspaper model a bit, it can not only survive, but actually thrive. We’re convinced that the best way to ensure the future of journalism is to create a workable model where journalists are paid well for reporting here and abroad. And that starts with paying for the physical paper. And paying for the physical paper begins with creating a physical object that doesn’t retreat, but instead luxuriates in the beauties of print. We believe that if you use the hell out of the medium, if you give investigative journalism space, if you give photojournalists space, if you give graphic artists and cartoonists space— if you really truly give readers an experience that can’t be duplicated on the web— then they will spend $1 for a copy. And that $1 per copy, plus the revenue from some (but not all that many) ads, will keep the enterprise afloat.

As long as newspapers offer less each day— less news, less great writing, less graphic innovation, fewer photos— then they’re giving readers few reasons to pay for the paper itself. With our prototype, we aim to make the physical object so beautiful and luxurious that it will seem a bargain at $1. The web obviously presents all kinds of advantages for breaking news, but the printed newspaper does and will always have a slew of advantages, too. It’s our admittedly unorthodox opinion that the two can coexist, and in fact should coexist. But they need to do different things. To survive, the newspaper, and the physical book, needs to set itself apart from the web. Physical forms of the written word need to offer a clear and different experience. And if they do, we believe, they will survive. Again, this is a time to roar back and assert and celebrate the beauty of the printed page. Give people something to fight for, and they will fight for it. Give something to pay for, and they’ll pay for it.

We’ll keep you posted throughout the summer about our progress with this newspaper prototype, and any other good news we come across.

Thanks for listening for now,

Via Buzzfeed

[Isn't it a happy coincidence that the Eggers-penned Away We Go comes out the same week this letter makes the rounds on the interweb?]


Quoted: from the Director of "Old School"

"Yeah, I describe it as Memento for retarded guys."
– Director Todd Phillips on his newest film, The Hangover

via INTERVIEW, "Hung Up"


Tragedy and Comedy

Remi Gaillard's videos are a fail-safe pick-me-up at all times:

For the last time...

Today, we hereby retire my blog's subtitle:
"Hey Pants, why do I need to put you on one leg at a time? I'm not like everybody else" -- The Colbert Report
A horse walks into a bar. The Bartender says, "Why the long face?" The horse replies, "I have AIDS."


I love you, I hate you Arianna

Today Syracuse's School of Public Communication, which trains journalists, honours Arianna Huffington with a Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award... for making money on the backs of unpaid writers?

More commentary at Advertising Age

Vacation Highlights

It feels like it's been a month since having blogged. While I was away, I finally saw the expansive Atlantic Ocean from the Canadian side (instead of the cold, bitter Irish side), and indulged in Canada's coolest city (it's Montreal, without a doubt). Seems like everyone knows Montreal well, but did you know that it's crawling with celebrity chefs? And did you know that they have a public bike system? Instead of taking the bus to work, you can pick up a brand new cruiser and park it in one of the many stops around the city. You can take the bus home or whatever you like. Best of all, it's free (for rides less than 30 minutes). It's something Vancouver needs badly!

Speaking of green cities, I was impressed by the efforts in Nova Scotia to keep things eco-friendly. I found divided garbage bins across the Halifax (for garbage, organics/compost, paper and plastic) and efforts to conserve energy and water everywhere.

We took a drive to a very photographed spot, Peggy's Cove. Along the highway, we saw a landscape that retains the coastal charm of another time.

Since I was in Halifax, Andy and I checked out the penultimate concert of Joel Plaskett's 3 tour at Dalhousie. We heard two sets of amazing music from Plaskett and also his backup singers Ana Egge (listen: "Farmer's Daughter") and Rose Cousins (listen: "Lost in the Valley"). Both women sound better in person than they do on myspace but either way you can hear that forlorn sound of a woman caught in a bittersweet place.

After 10 days of exploring, feasting, and relaxing, I'm excited for summer in beautiful (scorching hot) Vancouver.

See you soon!

P.S. For anyone keeping track, on the books and magazines front, I finished Service Included (about life working at Thomas Keller's Per Se) and Whatever It Takes (about a school reform program Barack Obama has elected as his choice to offer education to children in disadvantaged communities) and devoured copies of New York magazine, which you can buy on the east coast! I would highly recommend Whatever It Takes. Author Paul Tough's writing style is admirably lucid but light for such heavy stuff. The story, however, seems incomplete... we all want to know the end: will President Obama commit to his promise to implement Geoffrey Canada's program across the United States?