Kiki, Oui Oui! (Book Club, 5th ed.)

It fascinates and enchants me. Le Violion d'Ingres, a photo of a nude woman as a violin, draws me in like few other works of art. The artist, Man Ray, is a favourite of mine, but I never thought to find out who the model was. Imagine my delight when I saw there was a graphic novel (graphic biography?) about Kiki de Montparnasse … [Read more...]


Hello, I'm Brenda's body and I'm writing a guest blog post today. Brenda's brain is experiencing a bit of overload so she asked me too fill in.Brenda sometimes does what she calls "self-censoring", but a more accurate term would be "auto-censoring". Auto-censoring does not mean limiting what you express, but rather what you consume; you become the censor of your own media. Usually, Brenda auto-censors by … [Read more...]

Off Beat and Off Key: Not Perfect and Liking It

“Sometiiimes I feel I’ve got to” *boop boop* “Run away I’ve got to” *boop boop* “Get away…” It was Saturday night and there I was with a friend belting out Soft Cell’s Tainted Love in front of a packed room of karaoke lovers. And you know, I don’t suck as badly as those foolishly brave ladies who attempt Céline Dion or Whitney Huston ballads … [Read more...]

The Feminist and the Cowboy — Book Club, 4th ed.

Yeehaw, giddyup -- that's how I feel about this book. At times it angered me, at other times I was nodding my head in agreement, and the rest of the time I just wanted to pour the author a nice soothing cup of tea and tell her to relax. The feminist of the title is author Alisa Valdes, a 40-something divorced mom. The cowboy is an older, rather conservative ranch manager. This memoir … [Read more...]