Mark Chippett (1881-1953) and Melina Rowsell (1879-1957) at Leading Tickles, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. The girl is their great niece, Cynthia Bridger, my late mother.
I thought this piece I wrote for the April 2014 edition of The Overcast should be revisited in light of St. John’s Council slashing its grants to artists by 50% Last Breeding Pairs “Absolute bullshit”, declared Danny Williams of the Conference Board of Canada’s population projection for Newfoundland and Read More
Not long back from a couple of weeks directing a film in Paris. The project is the brain child of my old and dear friend and colleague Steve Palmer. Steve and I wrote and performed on The Great Eastern and related undertakings. Steve’s now a Professor at the University of Windsor Read More
When local real estate mogul Charlie Oliver announced that, instead of running for the Tory leadership, he was going to sponsor a think tank to tackle the intractable problems facing Newfoundland and Labrador some joked a barrel was a more apt vessel in which to ferment local ideas. Certainly, to Read More
Flattering attention from one of the new generation of whip-smart scholars. He gets it. http://nfldtxt.com/2014/07/14/rare-birds-by-edward-riche/
Several years ago I pitched the National Film Board a documentary about the concept of risk. I was curious to learn how those credit default swaps and other “financial instruments of mass destruction” worked and how the parceling and trading of risk, the quantification of that most qualitative assessment, could Read More
Ray Guy, the great Newfoundland writer, has died. Spent a few insane nights drinking in his company back when Mary Walsh was running a branch of the El Farolito on Pennywell Road. Here is a review I wrote of one his books, That Far Greater Bay Before the original, 1976, Read More
I have a piece in Macleans about seal cookery.
Here’s a fun discussion I had with Ed Roberts in the latest edition of the Newfoundland Quarterly. It concerns Greg Malone’s new book, “Don’t Tell The Newfoundlanders”. I believe I think more highly of the book than does Mr. Roberts.