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New post at my other blog: “On fielding a press inquiry about how pop culture depicts the oil industry”

English professors don’t often get press inquiries, but a writer for EnergyWire, an oil business-facing news service, contacted me last week to ask what I think of the video for Justin Bieber’s new song “Holy.”…

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Thanks to 49th Shelf for hosting my guest blog post about some poetry sources and inspirations for my own new book of poems, Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them. Read the post at
https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2020/01/30/Poetry-Can-Only-Be-Made-Out-of-Other-Poems

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Who owns copyright in what you publish?

“Who owns copyright in what you publish?” is the talk I delivered for #ACCUTE2019 at this year’s Congress in Vancouver, and it’s now online, in full, as a post for English Matters, the blog of the Association of Canadian College & University Teachers of English.

“There are many interests vying for rights to your research, and many ways to assert or regain your own control over those rights. It’s important to know what the main regulatory contexts are — and what your options are.”

Read the full text of the talk at accute.ca/accute-blog/.

This research has been supported with the generous assistance of Athabasca University’s Academic & Professional Development Fund.

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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”
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“Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!”

Athabasca University Press’ Open Book Blog has a new post about the Frankenstein bicentennial: “Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!” 
The post curates a sampling of links to just a few of the Canadian Frankenstein adaptations discussed in my book #TheMediumIsTheMonster: from Larissa Lai’s writing and Matt MacFadzean’s playwriting, to the music of Deadmau5 and more.

This blog posts makes a great multimedia supplement to the book, for readers who may not know of some of these works.

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Fair Dealing Myths & Facts, from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries has published a helpful, concise briefing on fair dealing in Canadian copyright law.
Get the facts, not the all-too-pervasive myths.
Fair Dealing Myths & Facts (PDF format; updated November 2017).

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a political lipogram about #elxn42

“An ‘Anti-Niqab’ Campaign is Anti-Canadian” is a lipogram about Conservatives in Canada’s current federal election, which I’ve written and published at Medium.
A lipogram is a poem with specific language constraints; this lipogram uses only the vowels A and I. For instance, the poem opens as follows:

Barbaric capitalists and patriarchal partisans spin fascist charisma, baiting and panicking nativist Canadians with rabid, atavistic claims: against migrants; against statisticians’ gravitas (as if trivia)…

Read the whole piece at Medium.

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The U of A Faculty of Arts blog supports and quotes from the AU Faculty Association’s stand on the Alberta Enterprise & Advanced Education Ministry’s  controversial “Letters of Expectation”:

“We should take their letter to heart.

“Its single most powerful sentence about the Government’s letter:

“‘The Letter, ultimately, is best understood as an attempt to justify the unjustifiable cut to the province’s postsecondary budget, a cut so deep – and made in one of the world’s richest jurisdictions – that it must be understood primarily as political, not financial.’

“The little university that could! Can we follow their lead?”

http://artssquared.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/faculty-association-at-athabasca-urges-board-not-to-sign-mandate-letter/