Monday, December 21, 2009

Other business

This post puts this blog past its 200th entry, marking over three years of vanity, high geekery, self-promotion, and extreme indulgence.

On that note, here’s some other business I’ve been up to in the last six months at my day job, working as a copy editor at Maclean’s.

For starters, some book reviews (which can double as last-minute gift suggestions):

James Ellroy’s Blood’s A Rover reviewed here. If you ever, ever get a chance to see this man read—or, more accurately, howl, rage and perform—do not pass it up.

John Crossingham’s Learn to Speak Music reviewed here, an entertaining and wonderfully visual how-to book for aspiring musicians ages eight to 80.

Jason Schneider’s Whispering Pines reviewed here. Of course, it was also discussed here.

And some news briefs:
Another Russian multi-billionaire is on the run from the government and surfacing in London: link.

Saudi Arabian education goes co-ed: link.

Uganda’s horrifying anti-gay legislation: link.

Canada’s condemnation of Internet-assisted suicide: link.

Finally, my contributions to Maclean’s surprisingly indie-rock-centric Top 10 Canadian albums of the past decade. Is it a conflict of interest to write a blurb on the number one album if I also sang on it?

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