Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

John Waters interview – Eye Weekly (10.20.10)

November 17, 2010

Iconic director John Waters talks about his memoirs, Role Models, as well as the appeal of the Jackass franchise.

What surprises you?
I saw Jackass 3D last night and there’s a scene where they put cellophane all over this obese man and drain the sweat from him, including from his butt crack, and drink it and puke into the audience in 3D. And it’s pretty good to me. This is playing in every mall in America — it’s amazing. I mean eating shit became a hit at midnight movies in rich neighbourhoods and art theatres [following the release of Pink Flamingos], but this is playing everywhere. And that’s a good sign. Last night I saw a blue-collar audience, sold out; guys with their kids watching a pig eat an apple out of another man’s asshole. And I thought — huh? How do they get away with it? And they do get away with it, in a great way. It’s really anarchy.

And it’s not a lowering of standards.
No. Are you kidding? There are no standards. And that’s the point.

And maybe these are all natural human impulses?
Maybe. I’ve never had the urge to have a pig eat an apple out of my ass — even on a bad night. I suppress those urges. Maybe I’m not a free enough person, but I’ve never wanted to drain the sweat out of an obese person’s asscrack and drink it. I have never even thought of it.

Read the full interview here.


Nick Cave (the book) – Ashgate (June 2009)

September 29, 2009


This summer, Ashgate and La Trobe University in Australia put out a book called Cultural Seeds: Essays on the work of Nick Cave for which I wrote one of the chapters. It’s available at, but you can also read my chapter in full at GoogleBooks.

Nick Cave interview – Eye Weekly (9.24.09)

September 29, 2009


A face-to-face chat about the Death of Bunny Munro with the Black Crow King himself.

Bunny Munro, like many of your characters, is effectively doomed — is that part of your worldview or a literary device?
It’s a literary device. One of the most interesting aspects of the Bunny Monro character is that he is an addict, in his own way. And to sustain the kind of energy of addiction you can’t afford to take responsibility for your actions at all. Throughout the book he has those momentary glimpses of what he is really like and they disappear, sink back into the quicksand of his libido. He is the character who will forever make the wrong decisions.

Read the whole interview here.

HTO – Coach House Books

November 10, 2008


Now available: I contributed a chapter on the history of flood control in Toronto to a new Coach House publication entitled HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets.