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In the West, we are starting to believe that our Premier might have been dissed by the same beautiful girl who kicked Harper to the curb and went off with the guy with the guitar, or the pen, or the paintbrush, or maybe the one wearing ballet slippers, or vocalising as he rode his bicycle around town, as did my eldest son, who once had his stolen backstage at during a performance at Pacific Opera.

Now our Liberals (yikes) have cut Intrepid Theatre (The Fringe Festival), Pacific Opera, the Community Arts Council yada yada yada, BUT DON"T WORRY FOLKS IT WON'T AFFECT THE OLYMPICS. Now we will be seeing adrenalin and steroid pumped body sculptures leering from the ARTS pages AND the Sports pages because the arts are being systematically decimated.

I heard a whining megalopoet badmouthed Guernica Editions and got the ball or Guernica's head rolling at the OAC. Shame on them for not recognizing Guernica's contribution to cultural diversity over the past thirty years.

Where are the Inglourious Basterds when we need them?

That is the bad news. The ambivalent news, depending on whether or not you read the first volume in my Empress Trilogy and can or cannot wait to find out what happened to Precious in China, is that the second volume The Third Day Book will be out next spring and not this season as advertised. Good wine improves with age (so does cheese, haha).


Run don't walk to cdbaby to get your copy of Ruin and beauty by Light Sweet Crude. I am the lyricist in most cases and, if you aren't singularly devoted to heavy metal or grand opera, you will like what you hear. Let's call it rock opera.

Ekstasis Editions is persevering despite having its right hand chopped off and will be releasing my new collection of poems MUSCLE MEMORY, in October. I intend to support Victoria's only literary publisher with all I've got.

Ekstasis publisher Richard Olafson is also co-editor of the Pacific Rim Review of Books, one of the few remaining organs of literary discourse left in this country. In the next issue, I review Atwood's new novel, The Year of the Flood, the new Genesis, a post-apocalyptic story with heart and the maybe possibility lingering in the human capacity for love and the endurance of living things.

I wonder if Harper is planning to leave artists out of the Swine Flu vaccination program. Smart move. So long as there is life, we will fight.

Until then,

xo Linda

PS We got the bike back because it was the only Campi in Victoria at the time and the idiot thief (who was saving up to go to cop school and, who knows, might have been aspiring to be Campbell or Harper's bodyguard) advertised in the paper.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including Love in the Rainforest (Exile Editions, 1996), Heaven Cake (Sono Nis Press, 1997), The Saning (Sono Nis Press, 1999) and The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002).

Go to Linda Rogers’s Author Page