ĭn-tûr′stĭsēz′ — an excerpt

Municipal politics?! I can’t quit you! But I can fictionalize you.

(Stephen Wiggan is an urban planner, unenviably tasked with being the city’s face at the always dreaded public townhall meeting convened in order to allow local community input toward a planned residential development in the neighbourhood, “their” neighbourhood. Despite years of experience, calmly, professionally absorbing and accommodating citizens’ ire and outrage, tonight does not go as planned.)

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Close Encounter of the James Caan Kind

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before—

And if you’re a regular reader here, you probably have. Back in the spring of 2016, I wrote a post about crossing paths with James Caan when I lived in Los Angeles back, back, back in the 90s. On Thursday, James Caan died. Friday, I should write about that time I crossed paths with James Caan in the 90s, I thought. Also Friday, the Rogers outage. So I couldn’t check the site to see if I’d already written about it previously. But I mean, why would I, I thought. Nothing to do with municipal politics. So, I plunged ahead, writing a post about that time I crossed paths with James Caan while out in L.A. in the early-90s. On Saturday, with the internet restored, well, you can fill in the blanks.

But let’s not look at this as simply a case of me repeating myself or just going on and on about my one and only brush with celebrity. It’s more an examination of the nature of storytelling, the constant evolution of narrative. How does a story from twenty-five earlier change when told again six years on? Historical revision. Yeah, this is what it’s about, historical revision, and not the fact that I’m unwilling to toss aside a few hours of work

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