amongst books

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Talented Tongues-Friday night-I get the first lick

"Looking for a steamy night out? Venus Envy opens its doors once again on March 24th to Talented Tongues, a showcase of erotic readings hosted by Lisa Slater and Liz Cullen. This event promises fantastic performances by several cunning linguists, including Ritallin, Amanda Earl, Danielle Grégoire, Steve Sauvé and Festrell. Join us for an evening of smut and dirty talk!Talented Tongues featuring Megan Butcher and The Split takes place Friday, March 24th, 2006 at Venus Envy, 320 Lisgar (at Bank). Doors open at 8:30pm; show starts at 9pm. Tickets: $7 at the door."From the Capital Poetry Collective's Press Release.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

a friend's passing

Juan O'Neill died today. Yesterday afternoon, I waited for 45 minutes for him to show at our second monthly coffee get-together at Timothy's in Sandy Hill. In February, on Valentine's Day, he read me the first chapter of a wonderful novel he was beginning full of languages, exotic locales, wit and sensuality. We were both looking forward to the continuation.

Two years ago on my birthday, Juan was the last to leave, sipping Lagavulin before being packed in a taxi by Charles. He'd told us interesting stories about the various literary folk that have passed through Ottawa, also a bit about meeting Ernest Hemingway and Che Guevera in Chile, Leonard Cohen in Montreal, and working in the Middle East. Juan was a world traveller who became one of Ottawa's most well loved residents.

I'm glad I went to Sasquatch this past Sunday. I was able to tell Juan I enjoyed his song and give him a big kiss. A celebration of Juan O'Neill will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm. Where else but in the basement of the Royal Oak II.

maybe
the way to die
is to leave
friends waiting
for your next
chapter