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Hirst for Supreme
March 30, 2009, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Because a Canvas is too Small., Miscellaneous., Quick-Fix

For all you Deck Heads out there, it’s official. The Damien Hirst designed boards featuring his iconic Spin paintings are finally up for release this week courtesy of super skate shop, Supreme.  The decks will be available both online and in-store on Thursday, April 2nd followed by Japan on Saturday, April 4th.

Check out a video clip with the Artist here.


My Vocabulary Did This To Me
By Terese Saplys

Roland Barthes

Doublespeak? George Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, lets go of his father’s ghost for the first time in print .

The Death of an Icon: Roland Barthes’s longtime publisher Éditions du Seuil, strips the great man of his armour with the publication of Journal de deuil, his private diary.

Canada Council for the Arts presents a new Head of Writing and Publishing , Montreal author and editor Arash Mohtashami-Maali. Publishing expert and fellow-author Roy MacSkimming comments for Quillblog

The Man Booker Prize nominees, were announced. Are you voting Canadian?

Breaking news: sometimes, critics are funny . Ron Charles, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Balakian award for book criticism, yuks it up at the presentation ceremony. He’s pretty serious about shit lit, though.

New issues of Bookforum , The New York Review of Books and N1BR are out. Highlights: piece by Richard Ford about the American everyman and one on how Roberto Bolaño’s new novel is an epic failure. Outraged Bolaño fans will find consolation in Maud Newton’s synopsis.

I found these undercover funnies from a bellytrawler in the Big Smoke while I was there last weekend, just in the Nick of Tim . Unfortunately, I’ll probably miss the PEN World Voices Festival, schedule for which was just finalized on Wednesday.


Hannah Marshall: Bugs & Black
March 26, 2009, 1:08 pm
Filed under: The F word.

by Kiwi Awil Mohamed

Like most we have already fallen in love with Gothic fashion princess Hannah Marshall. For the last four seasons now her work has inspired our collective wardrobes and has proven that once you go black, it’s awfully hard to go back.

Marshall is once again, causing quite the stir here at Daily Value. The lookbook of her latest Fall ’09 collection has leaked via the wonderful world wide web and we sit here in awe. What was her inspiration this time around? Bugs and armour. There are little black dresses with shifts and panelling all details inspired by insect exoskeletons. The sharp shouldered beauties are then followed by high gloss leather leggings, corset bras, braces made of stingray and a lambskin coat made to look like fur. With spring barely upon us, I can not help but sit here and ponder my fall wardrobe of new dark complexities. I’m quite excited.


Spin Spin Suga
March 24, 2009, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Beats and Bobs., Quick-Fix


Back for a 4th year – Stylus Group & Marc Ecko Watches Present the 2009 Stylus DJ Awards and SpinFest – May 29 – June 1/2009!  Nominate for your favourite DJ’s in over 20 categories at www.stylusgroup.ca (voting open until March 30th).  This Year Stylus will bring you 3 days of entertainment, conferences and concerts.  It is the only award show in Canada made for the people, by the people! So support Canadian talent and give you  DJ some mad love!

XXX and Art

by Kiwi Awil Mohamed


Not shy of the sexually explicit? If some triple XXX artwork doesn’t offend you then be sure to take a voyeuristic peek at Talk Dirty To Me an exhibition presented by Larissa Goldston Gallery. Goldston has managed to wrangle 31 of the most talented artists, including John Curin and Tracey Emin, to her self-named gallery in New York creating a show exploring lust, desire and all the raw carnal emotions in between.

The show comes to an end this Saturday March 28th, so hurry and make your move.

My Vocabulary Did This to Me
By Terese Saplys
Huxley, Oil on Canvas.

Huxley, Oil on Canvas.

Novelist Lorrie Moore reviews a biography of legendary author Donald Barthelme, and a morsel of Barthelmea.

John Williams chooses an impeccable quote from the new biography of Flannery O’Conner (check out a review of the same that I got to fact-check at Bookforum). Funny thing is, it seems to be a trend with Flannery & Co.

Sadness in Seattle: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a 146-year old newspaper, goes down amid the tidal crash of print media. Columbia Journalism Review and Editor & Publisher talk about it.

From WNYC’s “Spinning on Air,” a podcast about Connie Converse, Orpheus of American womanhood circa 1950, New York.

Aldous Huxley’s literary archives go on spring break.

Man and his ego: Alec Wilkinson, editor at the New Yorker, speaks.

Filthy little pleasures make the world go round, especially where these five frisky ladies were concerned.

On that note: if you haven’t already, read the March issue of Bookslut.


PUMA gets a L.I.F.T
March 19, 2009, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Quick-Fix | Tags: ,

Cool ad dubbed a “light-injected love story for a light-injected shoe” for Puma’s newest in footwear, L.I.F.T., by New York-based ad agency Droga5.