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Gerry Burnie

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Some people say--correctly, I think--that I have a short span of interest. Certainly my curriculum vitae would suggest this.

I started my career as a bank teller in Sutton, Ontario, and then, at the age of 15 years (1952), I emigrated to Toronto where I landed a job as a layout artist at Simpson-Sears. The fact that I had absolutely no formal art training whatsoever didn't seem to phase me or my employer, for I functioned quite well in that position until a more 'practical' (my mother's assessment of it) job presented itself.

So, using my experience as a layout artist--which included spray painting the bulges out of men's underwear--I sought a job as a draftsman at Ontario Hydro. I mean, if one could draw pictures it seemed only logical that
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“We should write our own history books … because … a nation without a past is a lost nation, and a people without a past is a people without a soul” ~ Sir Seretse Khama, President of Botswana, 1970.






By Hammerson Peters


Originally publish in Mysteries of Canada


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“We talk so much about leaving a better planet to our kids, that we forget to leave better kids to our planet.”
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“It's a sure sign of getting older when nearly every topic begins with, "I used to.”
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“My looks are other peoples' problem because I don't have to look at myself.”
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“I often wonder why, when governments and communities erect monuments to heroes, they forget to erect one to the honour of the Pioneer.”
Frederick de la Fosse, English Bloods: In the Backwoods of Muskoka, 1878

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“One can only pity those dirty little minds that see obscenity in the crotch of every tree.”
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message 5: by Gerry

Gerry Burnie I am of the opinion that a one-star rating, unless unaccompanied by a reasonable review, says more about the reviewer than it does about the book.

Gutenberg made everyone a writer, and the 'customer review' made everyone a critic.


message 4: by Gerry

Gerry Burnie In preparation for this week's book review I went looking for a gay Canadian novel in all the usual places (including Amazon.ca), but I may as well have gone looking for a unicorn. All I could find were a couple of outdated, academic, and even American choices (i.e. The Best American Short Stories 2012). Moreover, to add insult to injury, my own novels weren't even included! It's a damned good thing I write for pleasure because I get damned little support from my own country.


message 3: by Gerry

Gerry Burnie Just received notice of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. I WON’T be taking part. For one thing, it is only open to “Books published for the first time in the United States,” (nothing about Canada), and of the 15 categories, not one of them is for GBLT books–fiction or non-fiction. So best of luck, but no thanks.


message 2: by Gerry (last edited Oct 24, 2012 05:39PM)

Gerry Burnie It is with the greatest sadness I just learned of the bankruptcy proceedings of Douglas & MacIntyre Publishing. D&M were/are a Canadian owned publishing house that is a staunch supporters of Canadian authors and titles. See the story at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b...


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Gerry Burnie On the topic of underage love, here's a comment from the mother of a "possibly gay 6-year-old" that merits reading, i.e.:

"It also made some people uncomfortable. Of the criticisms, the most common is that my son is six years old and doesn't know anything about sex. While I fully acknowledge this may not be the end-all-and-be-all to my son's sexual orientation, I object to the idea that being gay is only about sexual acts. Our emotions and feelings, our attractions and compulsions, all contribute, not just our body parts. If my son had a crush on the star of iCarly, I doubt people would be saying he was too young to have those sexual feelings towards a girl. I think they would think it was an innocent schoolboy crush, which is exactly what it is."

Read the whole comment: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Amelia/...


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