“Demand a better future”: a #ClimateStrike soundtrack

 

Shared in solidarity with everyone demanding #climateaction for a better future.

Track list:

  • 00:00:00 “Eyes open” by Taylor Swift
  • 00:03:52 “Dog days are over” by Florence + the Machine
  • 00:08:01 “You got to run (spirit of the wind)” by Buffy Ste Marie & Tanya Tagaq
  • 00:11:35 “Dangerous times” by Wildlife
  • 00:16:10 “Welcome to the terrordome” by Public Enemy
  • 00:21:34 “Change the world” by Wake Self feat. Gift of Gab
  • 00:24:01 “Drop it like it’s hot” by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams
  • 00:27:35 “A report to the shareholders: kill your masters” by Run The Jewels
  • 00:34:26 “Corporate cannibal (Dan Donovan remix)” by Grace Jones (feat. samples of “Chapter 69” by Shifted)
  • 00:41:26 “Downpressor man” by Peter Tosh
  • 00:47:53 “Run ’em out” by Roots Manuva & Breakage
  • 00:51:45 “Killing in the name of” by Rage Against The Machine
  • 00:56:35 “Gettin’ down on the mountain” by Corb Lund
  • 01:00:00 “Harmony hall” by Vampire Weekend (feat. samples of “Freedom ’90” by George Michael)
  • 01:04:52 “Inside out” by Crash Vegas
  • 01:08:38 “It’s the end of the world as we know it” by Great Big Sea
  • 01:11:21 “Big yellow taxi” by Joni Mitchell
  • 01:13:25 “The great song of indifference” by Bob Geldof
  • 01:17:38 “God save the queen” by the Sex Pistols
  • 01:20:50 “Wait until tomorrow” by Crocodiles
  • 01:24:18 “Salvation” by the Strumbellas
  • 01:27:23 “A better future” by David Bowie
  • 01:31:09 “Back to the streets (S.P.Y. remix)” by Bcee
  • 01:35:52 “In the future” by Camo & Krooked
  • 01:40:14 “The tide is high” by the Paragons
  • 01:43:04 “Death to my hometown” by Bruce Springsteen
  • 01:46:40 “Not without a fight” by Crystal Shawanda
  • 01:49:51 “Under your always light” by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  • 01:54:33 “Sister moon” by Transvision Vamp
  • 01:58:42 “Bring on the lucie” (Freeda Peeple)” by John Lennon
  • 02:02:22 “There is no time” by Lou Reed
  • 02:06:05 “Think” by Aretha Franklin
  • 02:08:17 “Electricity” by Silk City & Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson
  • 02:12:26 “Steal my sunshine” by LEN
  • 02:15:03 “Wild things” by Alessia Cara
  • 02:18:08 “You are the everything” by R.E.M.
  • 02:21:44 “We shall overcome” by Pete Seeger

Open letter to my MP demanding #climatecrisis action

[delivered via GoFossilFree.org — send a letter to your MP too]

Dear Mr. Diotte,

I’m a constituent here in your riding. I appreciate that the House of Commons has held an emergency debate prompted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sobering report on limiting global warming to 1.5ºC.

That emergency debate was a great first step, but now we need emergency action. That’s why I’m delivering this letter today urging you to read the the IPCC report and pledge to take action.

Read the report here: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/.

After reading it, I urge you to propose, champion and support legislation to update Canada’s climate policies and bring them in line with the urgency called for in the IPCC report before the next federal election.

Right now, Canada has a climate plan that falls far short of what the science says we urgently need. We need to strengthen our international climate commitments, stop fossil fuel expansion that scientists keep telling us our climate can’t handle, and build a 100% renewable energy economy that respects Indigenous rights, and works for every single person in Canada. Our children’s future depends on immediate actions like these.

My contact information is below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Mark A. McCutcheon

#FairDealingWorks: Fair Dealing Week 2019

This week (Feb. 25 – Mar. 1) is #FairDealingWeek, a time to celebrate this vital statutory right’s affordances for expressive freedoms and the public good, and to dispel the misinformation that copyright maximalists spread about its supposed harms. Despite repeated, clear, and consistent Supreme Court rulings, big publishers and their intermediaries continue to treat the lawful exercise of fair dealing — by users, educators, and, yes, creators too — as if it’s debatable, dubious, or diabolical.

Among the many online resources and testimonials being shared this week — see https://fair-dealing.ca/ for an aggregated collection — Meera Nair, NAIT’s copyright officer and a vocal advocate for fairer copyright, has shared a blog post that brings home the importance of fair dealing.

“Fair Dealing matters. Individual writers, musicians and artists should not need to be well-versed in the intricacies of copyright law, to benefit by exceptions to copyright defined in the law.”

And if you wish to add your voices to those telling the federal government’s copyright review committee to preserve and extend fair dealing in copyright law, you might consider signing the Fair Copyright petition organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Lastly: I’ve linked to its abstract above, but let me reiterate here that essential reading for understanding how fair dealing benefits creators is Eli MacLaren’s 2017 article on poets’ incomes and fair dealing.

#AuthorsNeedFairDealingToo.

Research on unions and science fiction, mobilized

Last summer, the annual WorldCon (World Science Fiction Convention) included a panel, based on my & Bob Barnetson’s research on representations of unions in science fiction, that featured some of the authors I and co-author Bob Barnetson had discussed, namely Eric Flint and Cory Doctorow. (Wish I’d been there!)

Since then, that panel’s organizer, Olav Rokne, has hosted a still-continuing conversation on this topic via his Twitter account; see the thread (and Rokne’s excellent blog post):

(BTW, if you want a copy of Barnetson’s and my article, “Resistance is futile: on the under-representation of unions in science fiction,” e-mail me a request or see this link for details.)

In related news, I’m finally watching the enthralling TV series The Expanse, based on the eponymous novels by James S.A. Corey, which I think I’ll have to read too, since unions feature so prominently in this story — and, refreshingly, are depicted in a nuanced and more positive than negative light. (They’re about more than strikes, here; they enact an ethos of community, democracy, and the greater good.)

Link

Recent drum & bass & pop mix: link & track list

Track list

  1. Taylor Swift & Mefjus, “This is why we can’t saturate nice things” (Dr Teeth’s smash the patriarchy mashup)
  2. S.P.Y., “Shadows of the mind”
  3. Inja & Whiney, “She just wanna dance”
  4. Rider Shafique, Sam Binga & Tiffanie Malvo, “Proud” (Enei remix)
  5. Was A Be & Synth Ethics, “Resolute”
  6. The Ting Tings, “Basement”
  7. Enei, Kasra & Jakes, “Transmitter”
  8. S.P.Y., “Dreaming”
  9. Royalston & LYFLYK, “Fork tongue”
  10. Nothing To Lose, “Love like this”
  11. Silence Groove, “Shift”
  12. Urbandawn, “Sleeping awake”
  13. Taylor Swift & Keeno, “Dancing with our enigma tied” (Dr Teeth’s two great tastes mashup)
  14. Hugh Hardie, GLXY, 3-Card, & Zoe Phillips, “She moves”
  15. Bladerunner, “Flying technique”
  16. Mage, “Total indifference”
  17. Calibre, “Addict”
  18. The Ting Tings, “Word for this”
  19. Hugh Hardie, “Fireflies”
  20. Camo & Crooked, “Last of the tribe” (break remix)
  21. Hugh Hardie & Pola & Bryson, “Emerald City”
  22. S.P.Y., “Love unlimited” (VIP)
  23. Etherwood & FEELS, “A hundred oceans”

“Frost and desolation”: AU #Frankenreads, 10-12, Oct. 31, at the Matrix Hotel

[full track list at bottom]

Amidst frost and desolation, amidst the everlasting ices of the north — that is, in Edmonton, Alberta — Athabasca University, Canada’s open university, will host a multi-disciplinary, multimedia symposium on Frankenstein, as part of the worldwide Frankenreads event happening on Hallowe’en 2018.

Where? The Matrix Hotel, Edmonton.

When? 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2018.

Please RSVP here to attend in-person online via live stream. (If you can attend in person, we encourage you to attend in costume 🙂

Schedule of proceedings:

10:00-10:25 – Arrivals & coffee set to a multimedia prelude, Canadian Frankensteins, mixed by Dr Mark A. McCutcheon (AU Frankenreads organizer, Professor of Literary Studies, & author of The Medium Is the Monster)

10:25 – Welcoming remarks by Dr McCutcheon

10:30-10:45 – – Dr Paul Kellogg (Chair of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies & Associate Professor of Integrated Studies): “The social construction of ‘monsters’ — from Frankenstein to Donald Trump”

10:45-11:00 – Dr Jolene Armstrong (President of the Athabasca U Faculty Association & Associate Professor of English): “‘It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn’: Negotiating liminality in the Netflix series The Frankenstein Chronicles

11:00-11:15 – Dr Angie Abdou (Associate Professor of Creative Writing and author of Home Ice and In Case I Go): “Sorcery Meets Science: The Frankenpheme in Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child

11:15-11:30 – Dr Mark A. McCutcheon: “Mary Shelley, Marshall McLuhan, and the discourse of technology”

11:30-12:00 – Question & Answer period

12:00 – 1:00 – Postlude: a Frankenreads Halloween DJ mix, which might sound a bit like the demo mix linked at top.

The full track list of that mix is as follows:

  1. 00:00 Parliament – Prelude to The Clones of Dr Funkenstein
  2. 01:39 Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers – The Monster Mash
  3. 04:35 Peter Tosh – Vampire
  4. 07:44 Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Frankenstein Ska
  5. 10:11 Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings mix)
  6. 17:04 Ladytron – Ghosts (Cassette Jam mix)
  7. 19:46 Burial – Ghost Hardware
  8. 21:56 Sinead O’Connor – I Am Stretched On Your Grave
  9. 25:41 Maestro Fresh Wes – Let Your Backbone Slide (Power mix)
  10. 29:53 Deadmau5 – Dr Funkenstein (original mix)
  11. 30:04 Deadmau5 & Michael Howe – Dr Funkenstein (Michael Howe remix)
  12. 31:37 Deadmau5 & Danny Jay – Dr Funkenstein (Danny Jay remix)
  13. 32:39 Deadmau5 – Moar Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
  14. 35:41 Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff (instrumental version)
  15. 36:42 Michael Jackson – Thriller
  16. 41:34 Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted
  17. 46:04 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities in Dust
  18. 49:48 Taco – Puttin’ On the Ritz*
  19. 53:06 The Paladin Project – Afraid Of the Dark
  20. 1:00:49 Deadmau5 – Complications
  21. 1:03:39 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

* If you know why this song’s on the playlist, then you’ve done some homework.

 

A Festschrift piece in Comparative Literature for the New Century

I’m delighted to have a chapter in Giulia Gasperi’s and Joseph Pivato’s new book, Comparative Literature For The New Century, which has just been published by McGill-Queens University Press.

It’s a delight, too, have written that chapter as a Festschrift piece* honouring Pivato’s discipline-building career.

And—in the process—it’s both a delight and a privilege to be able to bring to this writing a payment of tribute—by way of opening epigraphs—to other important mentors in that critical institution called the #university:

* What’s a Festschrift? A peculiarly academical genre.