"Alberta suspends grizzly bear hunt"
This actually made front page headlines in the Calgary Herald, and that's as it should be, as this bear has a tenuous grip on survival. The Alberta government has cancelled the grizzly hunt for the first time ever with a three-year moratorium. They admit they have no reliable estimate of grizzly numbers in Alberta.
From the Books and the Arts section, the happy news that Lynn Coady has published another book. After reading her book of short stories, Play the Monster Blind, I gobbled up, in rapid succession, her novels Strange Heaven (A Governor General's Award for Fiction winner) and Saints of Big Harbour. Coady, a Maritime writer who now lives in Edmonton, fills her stories with such memorable and tragically human characters, who are alive with such dark humour and whose lives are filled with the ravages of wounded families, alcoholism, and poverty. Yet they are wickedly, wickedly funny.
Go Mean Boy!!
"DADA: Making sense of a movement that was all about nonsense"
The National Gallery of Art in Washington is launching an exhibition of dadaism. Dadaism was an art movement that began in Zurich during WWI as a protest against the absurdity of war, and was spearheaded by pacifists, draft dodgers and rebel artists. Dadaism focuses on the absurd, using everyday objects rendered useless, nonsensical collages, found objects offered as art, among other subversive techniques. It caused an uproar and was deemed ugly and blasphemous (which was the whole point), but now is seen as quite lovely.
Go Hans Arp, Man Ray, Sophie Tauber and the other Dadaists!