""What I lack in al-titude," Doc explained, for the million or so -th time in his career, "I make up for in at-titude.""
Larry "Doc" Sportello is the protagonist of Thomas Pynchon's latest work, Inherent Vice. The New Yorker review describes the mystery novel as "a slightly spoofy take on hardboiled crime fiction, [...] "The Maltese Falcon" starring Cheech and Chong, "The Big Sleep" as told by the hippy-dippy weatherman."
Set in 1970 Los Angeles (a Los Angeles still deeply entrenched in hippie culture), Pynchon offers up a cast of increasingly bizarre and entertaining bit characters, from Bigfoot Bjornsen, the police officer who hates hippies but dresses up as one on TV, to Sauncho Smilax, who asks a question for the ages: ""Why is there Chicken of the Sea but no Tuna of the Farm?""
It's an engrossing book that pulls you in immediately, with both the rich language typical of Pynchon novels, and a mixture of light and dark comedy flecked throughout the story. It's a good summer read, it's been summer these past few days (! finally!), and the book is available in store now, so come on by!
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We were dazzled by songs and stories, amazing dancing, A Cappella - Also, while eavesdropping on Calvin and a D&Q employee's conversation I learned that he has an impressive knowledge of comics as well! Here are some pics, I apologize for the fuzzy ones but Mr. Johnson does not stay still on stage.
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Are you a girl in Montreal between the age of 10 and 17?
Looking for something to do in August? Perhaps you should consider:
ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS MONTREAL AUGUST 3-7th, SHOWCASE CONCERT AUGUST 8th at the Ukrainian Federation!!
For 5 days, girls ages 10-17, get together with female musicians to learn instruments, form a band, write their own song, have band practice and perform live!
See their website for more details!
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On Wednesday the 5th, Dusty Peas will be presenting their new silk-screened zine and assemble-it-yourself paper sculpture. An assembly station will be available at the launch for people who would be interested in building the paper sculpture on-site. This will be a table with scissors and glue.. maybe an exacto knife.
Dusty Peas is a London Ontario-based collaborative team composed of James Kirkpatrick and Jamie Q. Their drawings, sculptures, self-published zines, and stop-motion animations combine absurdity and abstraction through intuitive freestyle processes. At once both calculated and haphazard, the work of Dusty Peas speaks to the generative possibilities of constructive fun and good old-fashioned imagination.
As for James Kirkpatrick, he received his BFA from NSCAD University in 2002. His work has been shown internationally, and is featured this summer in the traveling group exhibition Pulp Fiction, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Just like Jamie, James works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, found object assemblages, and installation. He is also well known as the graffiti artist and rapper Thesis Sahib. He has created artwork for several album covers, and his collaborative art book with Peter Thompson, Brain Trust, is published by Anteism.
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Fresh off of the Canadian printing presses and onto the shelves here at 211 is Zeitoun. I've considered halting all other reading to get through this one ASAP. Zeitoun is the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American in the epoch of Hurricane Katrina. Eggers is the Author of many great books, among them: You Shall Know Our Velocity, A Heartbreaking Work Of A Staggering Genius and What Is The What. In addition to writing books; Eggers is the founder of Mcsweeney's publishing.
Click the link above for a nice long interview with Eggers speaking about Zeitoun and What Is The What (via The Rumpus)
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She says we carry an "eclectic mix of mostly English books," and also refers to us as publishing "high class comics."
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He just dropped 6 DVDs of his at the store! They contain 7 marvelous short films and all sport a different hand-drawn design.
You can click here to see some of these films online (and in non-DVD quality), and you can look down here for a great video-biography of Gruber:
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Some of the hilarious slides detailing the exploits of the eponymous Cat, before his involvement with Roumieu:
After the slideshow, not only did Graham sign and draw on people's prints and books, he also graciously agreed to sign our other copies of his books, for people who couldn't make it to the event.
These are going fast! Stop by the store soon if you want to get a signed copy of either Cat & Gnome or 101 Ways to Kill Your Boss, and don't forget that the art is up on the walls until the end of July.
Posted by Julia Pohl-Miranda at 12:33 PM
He seems a bit young to be considered a godfather of anything but I'm willing to say that Mat is the godfather of the current trend toward alternative fantasy in comics. The fact that I'm biased doesn't make me any less right about this. Over on the Comics Comics blog, Frank Santoro guarantees his royalty checks (what, I kid) by stumping for the genius that is Brinkman and he is right on about the vibrancy and cartooning awesomeness of this work. Is it available anywhere else in Montreal? C'mon, you know the answer to that question.
Oh, who knows? He certainly makes my short list. Denis Johnson is back way too fast after that mammoth Tree of Smoke with a new book, Nobody Move playing the taut thriller game. It's more Jim Thompson that Clive Cussler, everyone acts badly and it's all character studies rather than clever plot twists. Does every character make the worst decision possible for themselves? Pretty much. As usual, Johnson is brutal and funny and it's a blast following him down.
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Did I mention the ending actually gave me goosebumps? I hear that's how you recognize pure comic artist genius.
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July 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17
$120 for whole session (6 weeks). The fee covers supplies.
Workshop participants obtain a 20% discount at the store for the duration of the workshop.
Kathryn Delaney is a Canadian artist living in Montreal Quebec, presently completing her MFA in Print Media at Concordia University. Delaney's art work is an extension of her social involvement; she has a history of working with the First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities on the streets, particularly sex-workers. Delaney's public interventions and collaborative portrait projects integrate print making and community building.
Atelier d'estampe avec Kathryn Delaney - Session d'ete
Lundis soirs: 13, 20 et 27 Juillet, puis 3, 10 et 17 Aout
18h30 a 20h30
120$ pour toute la session (6 semaines), ce cout couvre l'achat du materiel necessaire.
Les participants ont droit a un rabais de 20% valable pour la duree de l'atelier.
Ce cours en 6 semaines avec Kathryn Delaney vous invite a explorer trois techniques: linogravure, gravure sur bois et stencil. Encourageant une atmosphere de travail et de loisir, Delaney partagera ses competences et son savoir en matiere d'estampe. Les participants travailleront avec des encres-non-toxiques et du matériel fournis par Drawn & Quarterly.
Kathryn Delaney est une artiste canadienne etablie a Montreal, Quebec, sur le point d'obtenir un MFA en Print Media a l'Universite Concordia. L'oeuvre de Delaney est une extension de son travail communautaire avec differents groupes de la rue d'origine Inuites, Metis et des Premieres Nations, tout particulierement avec des travailleurs du sexe. Les interventions publiques de Delaney et ses projets de portraits collaboratifs integrent estampe et creation de liens communautaires.
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Here is a look at a few of the pieces that are included in the show:
So stop by for the launch, or come check out the show; all art work is for sale!
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