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Litszen’s Canadian Tour of Untitled Worthies: Day 0 ☞ Jason Penney

June 30, 2011

Jason Penney is a textile artist/ sculptor in St. John’s Newfoundland. I met him at art school in Halifax. He used to throw dreads at me when he was making dyes, and once chased me around the room with a pink dress onto which he’d stitched a vagina and the words ‘I Have Herpes’. He wanted me to try it on. As I recall, my brother was also visiting. I think I managed to stay out of the dress.

Jason can pull together an amazing look with wool, leather and sort of…eaten away, fragile-looking things. He makes a mean drink with vodka and coconut milk–or at least he did once, about 9 years ago.

Jason has a wonderfully deep and fierce sense of justice. He just wants people to be nice to each other. He has an equally deep and fierce sense of humour and he’ll laugh at you if you’re stupid.

Jason has been the first stop on my tour of Untitled Worthies.

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Litszen’s Canadian* Tour of Untitled Worthies

June 30, 2011

Because I think that there is something a bit *emotionally damaged* shall we say? about heaping further privilege and adulation on young & attractive people with titles, I–as a Canadian–would like to turn my attention (alas for the tax dollars that have slipped beyond my reach) to some people who I think do deserve a parade, or at least, un petit homage.

Each day of the monarchic internal inspection, I will toss my verbal flowers at someone who I feel deserves some sort of public salute. I will do my best to make these stuffed animal statements come alive through anecdotal spark or force of expression, so that their wordy fur won’t matt under the suffocating chafe of platitudes.
All the same I will keep them fairly short, as I am not presenting an argument to convince the reader, but rather recognizing someone whose worth is proven.

Finally, I have nothing against Kate & Wills–I just have more for my friends.

* This tour is Canadian inasmuch as I–a Canadian–am conducting it. Some of the Untitled Worthies may be of parahoser descent.