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Review of The Expanse TV series

with apology for an erratum

A new review of The Expanse TV series, co-written by SFF writer Heather Clitheroe and yours truly, is out today in the SFRA Review.

The Expanse may ruin other space opera for you…It’s worth it.”

And then the Expanse creators shared a very kind shout-out about the piece…making today this fan’s best ever May the 4th.

An unlooked-for kindness that an astute reader promptly rendered ironic by observing (to my mortification) that I’d misrepresented an Indigenous actor’s identity:

In working to correct this error, I’m reminded how attentive, sensitive readers like this speak to the calibre of the series and its capacity to generate and (mayhaps) organize such ardent community.

Forthcoming articles and reviews

I’m excited to announce a bunch of newly written (and co-written) articles and reviews have been accepted for publication and are forthcoming soon:

  • McCutcheon, Mark A. “Reading poetry and its paratexts for evidence of fair dealing.” Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne, in press.
  • —-. “Paratextual and ‘sampladelic’ techniques for ‘committing centonism’ in contemporary poetry published in Canada.” Cento-Texts in the Making: Aesthetics and Poetics of Cento-Techniques from Homer to Zong!, edited by Manuel Baumbach, Bochumer Altertumswissenschaftliches Colloquium series, in press.
  • —. “Frankenstein meets the FAANG five: figures of monstrous technology in digital media discourse.” Beyond Modern Science: Essays on Frankenstein and STEAM for Charles E. Robinson, edited by Robin Hammerman. Delaware UP, in press.
  • Clitheroe, Heather and Mark A. McCutcheon. Review of The Expanse [TV series]. SFRA Review, in press.
  • McCutcheon, Mark A. Review of The Monster Theory Reader, edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, U of Minnesota P, 2020. Extrapolation, in press.

Ol’ Dirty Cohen and The Wu Tang Wang Chung Clan

Recently, a colleague accidentally referred to Wang Chung as the Wu Tang Clan, and to Leonard Cohen as Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Most took this as a good joke. I took it as a DJ challenge. Here’s an hour-long mix in which Cohen duets with ODB and Wang Chung jams with the Wu Tang Clan.
You do two-tone your way, I’ll do mine.

Downloadable mp3 version

Track list:


A Shoegaze Abecedarius: new music mix & tracklist

An A-to-Z of my shoegaze faves, from Asobi Seksu to Zoon.
Because shoegaze is an August 2020 mood.
Complete tracklist below.

 

Drum & Bass Country: a new #TwoTone or a crime against nature?

Click here for downloadable MP3 version.

Just in time for #CanadaDay, I thought I’d share a DJ mix in which I improve US country anthems (by the late great Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Swift, among others) with infusions of UK drum & bass (and, yes, some CanCon rock too — cue to the 20-minute mark to hear The Guess Who meet Shy FX).‬#PlayItLoud #BlameCanada

Track list:

Dr Teeth's Drum & Bass Country DJ mix tracklist

New book: Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them

It’s a delight to announce the publication of my debut book of poems, Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them, from Athabasca University Press. At the link you can buy a print copy or download a free, open-access PDF copy. I’m a firm believer that open access doesn’t mean losing sales, it means gaining audience, and the audience for poetry (which has grown significantly of late) can always use broadening. Open access publishing with AU Press lets me extend a web-wide invitation to #OpenPoetry.

I’m surprised and honoured by the early praise given the book by two major Canadian writers. Di Brandt (author of Glitter & Fall) calls the book “a brilliant, crazy, deliciously carnivalesque romp through the surreal landscape of our times”; and Douglas Barbour (author of Listen. If) calls it “a wild mixtape of literary forms.” I’m inexpressibly grateful for these authors’ kind, generous words.

The book uses Surrealist techniques, like cut-up, juxtaposition, and détournement, in a fugue of poetic forms (centos, science fiction, sonnets, etc.) to tackle subjects ranging from love and work to anxiety disorders and ecological crisis. Moving from eroticism to the macabre and from transformative quotation to the individual idiom, the book enacts Northrop Frye’s claim that “poems can only be made from other poems,” and shows how citation is integral to creativity; authors need fair dealing too.

To give a sense of my work’s debts to others, I’ve created a mixtape of the songs that the book quotes, alludes to, or otherwise references. This mix sequences songs in the order in which their excerpts appear in the book. (Some poems quote no music, and some poems quote more than one song.) The mix includes all songs listed in the book’s Acknowledgments, and other songs from which the book uses short excerpts like titles or very short phrases. More than just further acknowledgment, this mix also means remuneration: Mixcloud pays royalties (to labels at least, and hopefully to artists too). And many artists featured in this mix are Canadian. (Support Can con!)

Whether you #OpenPoetry in print or digitally, I hope you like what you find. Thanks for reading.

Track list

00:00 Peter Gabriel, “Gethsemane”
01:36 Karyn Levitt, “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life”
03:28 Heart, “These Dreams”
07:46 The Bee Gees, “More Than a Woman”
11:03 Shania Twain, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
14:51 The Zombies, “She’s Not There”
17:25 Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'”
22:08 R.E.M., “So. Central Rain”
25:34 R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
29:12 The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans is Sinking”
33:13 Paul Robeson, “Ol’ Man River”
37:50 Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
43:47 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “April Skies”
47:44 Bob Geldof, “Thinking Voyager 2 Type Things”
55:54 Stevie Wonder, “Heaven Help Us All”
59:24 The Muppet Show cast, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
1:01:35 The Boys Next Door, “Shivers”
1:06:20 Brewer and Shipley, “One Toke Over the Line”
1:09:43 The Velvet Underground, “Sister Ray”
1:27:05 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Breathless”
1:30:11 Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights”
1:34:48 Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
1:38:59 Sarah McLachlan, “O Canada”
1:40:39 Louis Armstrong, “I Guess I’ll Get The Papers and Go Home”
1:43:08 Tori Amos, “Tear In Your Hand”
1:48:06 The English Beat, “Mirror In the Bathroom”
1:50:55 Aphrodite, “Tower Bass”
1:56:24 The Spoons, “Romantic Traffic”
1:59:50 Enigma, “Mea Culpa”
2:04:21 Cowboy Junkies, “‘Cause Cheap is How I Feel”

Full Tracklist for _DJ practice outtakes (warmups for ACCUTE at #CongreSSH 2019) Vol 2_

“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

New poem published today in concīs magazine

It won’t pay to put in a pool, but seeing a new poem of mine in print today at concīs magazineconcis.io — is a fine Christmas bonus.
“Voyager 2, thinking, types things” is a sonnet made from humankind’s longest-range communications—intel from #Voyager2, as tweeted by @NSFVoyager2. (Thanks to concīs and its attentive editors, who are excellent to work with.)
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#TheMediumIsTheMonster: forthcoming April 2018

when the designer of your book’s cover (detail shown here) knocks it out of the park on the first try.
#TheMediumIsTheMonster: forthcoming April 2018 from @au_press.