from the “Papyrus of Ani”

Negative confessions to Ma’at (Papyrus of Ani)
The Weighing of the Heart:

32. I have never stopped [ the flow of ] water.


Cold War motivational poster.

“many American men would be sterilized”

“no interest in real combat”

“He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby-Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecuchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.”

– Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2004)

“Je suis coupable de parler.”

“Je suis coupable de parler. Je suis coupable de ne pas parler. Je suis coupable de parler infidèlement à l’immensité du malheur qui fait ma grandeur déniée. On devrait être Dante, et on est Li Pharine. On trahit la malheur, on se trahit.”

– Hélène Cixous, “Orphées Khmers”, Cambodge, Le Génocide Effacé (2011).

genocide is outside of the UN’s mandate

Indonesian genocide in West Papua is non-genocide because it does not qualify as: ‘intentional efforts to wipe out all or part of indigenous West Papuans as a distinct racial and ethnic group’ (c/o UN human rights office of the high commissioner).

The following acts shall be punishable:
(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.


“The UN’s decolonisation committee will not accept a petition signed by 1.8 million West Papuans calling for independence, saying West Papua’s cause is outside the committee’s mandate.” (The Guardian, Sep. 30, 2017)

Meanwhile, Canadian economy grows, adds new jobs, bloats prosperity, raises a glass to new booming profits:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Indonesia presents ‘big opportunities’ for Canadian business, specifically, Hatfield Consultants Limited, Vancouver BC. “In addition to Canada, Hatfield has established offices in Indonesia, Laos, and Botswana and business partners in Chile and Thailand” and “We specialize in undertaking complex, multi-disciplinary environmental projects, often in collaboration with networks of local experts and specialists in particular fields.” Sales: $9.0 million – Exports: $2.5 million. “Big players such as Manulife Financial Corp., Sun Life Financial Inc., Vale Ltd. (formerly Inco Ltd.), Bombardier Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd. are firmly established in Indonesia. Now it is time for smaller companies to explore this rich terrain, experts say.” such an exciting place – Export Development Canada. “Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, is a young, self-made businessman who seems open to foreign investment.

Entropy Magazine’s Best of 2017: Best Poetry Books & Collections

Outplace has been listed by Entropy Magazine / CCM Press on the Best of 2017: Best Poetry Books & Collections list. Thank you to the Entropy and CCM community. It’s an honour to be on the list with:

Kaveh Akbar, Rosa Alcalá, Hari Alluri, Ghayath Almadhoun, Samiya Bashir, Frank Bidart, Catherine Blauvelt, Molly McCully Brown, Chen Chen, Ching-in Chen, Chiwan Choi, Heather Derr-Smith, Alex Dimitrov, Ángel Domínguez, Julia Drescher, Leanne Dunic, Marosa di Giorgio, Jorie Graham, Leslie Harrison, Harmony Holiday, Joanna Howard & Joanna Ruocco, Jenny Johnson, Ginger Ko, Krystal Languell, Nancy Chen Long, Layli Longsoldier, Robert Lunday, Shane MacCrae, Aditi Machado, Amit Majmudar (ed.), Dawn Lundy Martin, Adrian Matejka, Aja Monet, Kelli Anne Noftle, Morgan Parker, Bao Phi, Tommy Pico, Alejandra Pizarnik, Khadijah Queen, Margaret Rhee, Jess Rizkallah, Mg Roberts, Lauren Russell, Erika L. Sánchez, Sam Sax, Nicole Sealey, Natalie Shapero, Danez Smith, Maggie Smith, Farid Tali, Monica de la Torre, Mai Der Vang, Vickie Vértiz, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Alli Warren, Andrew Wessels, Dara Wier, and Javier Zamora.

The list is here:


“investing in a mining company is tax-free”

Another federal government program involves what are known as flow-through shares. This is a tax program specifically encouraging investors to put money in mining shares or, to put it another way, a program that indirectly subsidizes stock market speculation on the securities of junior companies. Flow-through shares are a way for mining companies to provide shareholders with tax deductions for expenses that the companies themselves cannot claim because they have already deducted over 100% of their income [48] (this testifies, of course, to the incredible generosity of Canadian tax laws for mining companies). The goal is to induce investors both big and small to support mining securities. There is no way this program can be justified according to the arguments used when it was introduced in 1954 as a way of stimulating investment in mining. Today, the program allows mining, gas, and oil companies to issue shares that are entirely tax-deductible in Canada. In our country, investing in a mining company is tax-free, just as a charity donation is tax-free.

(Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault (transl. Catherine Browne) 204, 2015 transl. Talonbooks. Vancouver. 168)