Litszen’s Canadian Tour of Untitled Worthies: Day 4 ☞ Andy Murray

Posted July 12, 2011 by salty wisdom
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Andy Murray is the human equivalent of a china bowl full of gumdrops. Delightful.
He’s a rare blend; combining the fresh, unprejudiced eyes that a little child brings to the most hum-drum of circumstances with the literacy skills and criticality of a fully paid-up adult!

He has a wonderful sensitivity too. It’s nice to see someone who is affected by things–someone who allows himself to feel what’s going on around him. This helps to make him a good listener. I don’t think I’ve ever had a chat with Andy where I felt the need to search his body language to see if he was still paying attention. Which could possibly be the result of his undeniable theatrical skill, but if it is….then it’s a sort of philanthropy of talent, wouldn’t you say?

And of course–as there always must be for me–there is that rogueish sense of humour that makes a good heart interesting.

I don’t get to see Andy nearly as much as I’d like to, but knowing that Andy exists has propped me up in many a despairing-of-humanity moment.


Litszen’s Canadian Tour of Untitled Worthies: Day 3 ☞ Christopher Schuller

Posted July 9, 2011 by salty wisdom
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I fear in writing this that I may make him uncomfortable, but let’s just steamroll over consideration for a moment and trumpet the many virtues of Mr. Schuller.

Christopher is what I would describe as well-raised. I have not encountered many people in my lifetime whom I would describe as well-raised. To spend time in his company is to bask in the strangely unfamiliar warmth of qualities such as tact, wit, punctuality, and a deeply ingrained sense of social graces. He does not behave in such a way as to make anyone uncomfortable–better still! He manages to balance that with a wonderfully discerning eye–for both character and aesthetics.

On a personal level, he has been acting as my witness in the ongoing Litszen vs. Scheister dispute–which has involved no less that 6 hours of on-site boredom over 2 damage checks, and countless spontaneous phonecalls from Yours-truly, clarifying and translating odds and sods from the lawyer. Without him helping me understand this shit, I would probably think I still lived in that verdammte building. Oy.
Throughout this experience, he has managed to maintain a sense of humour about it all–helping me in turn to do the same, and assuaging my guilt for the tedious nature of the role I’ve asked him to play.

And do you know what else? He likes port wine. He likes port wine, and has the rare ability to quote poetry with such timeliness and skilled delivery as to simply set the moment in relief, rather than ever seeming pretentious or like he’s attempting to seduce his audience. It comes from a sheer depth of feeling for the art, and a wonderful enthusiasm for involving it in the unedited click-clack of everyday life.

Yes, Christopher Schuller is our Day 3.


Posted July 7, 2011 by salty wisdom
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Please forgive the large gap in my Tour of Untitled Canadian Worthies—-I have been hosting a dear friend, and have fallen sick too. I will resume it in the next day or two, and while it will no longer be in synch with Kate and Willsiam, it will still matter.

Litszen’s Canadian Tour of Untitled Worthies: Day 2 ☞ Patrick Forestell

Posted July 3, 2011 by salty wisdom
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I’ve known Patrick since just about pretty much when he was born, though really, I can’t claim to have been that much more lucid than a newborn at that time myself.
Patrick’s mom is Marina. Marina is my mom’s best friend.
I feel like I really only started getting to know Patrick at all though sometime after I started university. We didn’t go to the same university, but one summer I had a studio in the same building where he had his summer job. I got stuck in the building’s 1000 year-old elevator one summer evening. Patrick didn’t get me out or anything, but it seems to me that we laughed about it afterwards, and it seems to me that that kept the building from feeling like a heartless deathtrap afterwards.

What this solidified was an observation that–really–goes back all the way to what I remember of him when he was really little. Patrick has always been such a lovely, pleasant, funny person. Consistently! That’s hard to do!! But he is, and really from what I can tell, he has been since he was small.

He manages to bring this really good, enthusiastic attitude to everything, ALONG WITH a healthy sense of humour about it and just the right amount of sarcasm, when appropriate. I consider this combination of qualities (and more impressive than their presence really is their consistency) to be quite unusual.

He always seems so curious and fresh about things. He’d probably make a fantastic interviewer.

Such wonderfully human qualities–combined with intelligence and wit–always leave me with the feeling that I have something to learn from him.

Litszen’s Canadian Tour of Untitled Worthies: Day 1 ☞ Gina Grant

Posted July 1, 2011 by salty wisdom
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Gina is the kind of girl who makes you say ‘whoah’.
She’s that kind of 17-year old that you really really wish you had been, but kind of suspect you probably weren’t. She’s whip smart, and has that kind of salty sense of humour that I like best, but besides being so gifted in communicating through her sense of humour and though writing, she is also a phenomenal dancer.
Watching a video of Gina dancing (I’ve sadly not had the chance to see her dance in person yet) gives me chills, and has brought me almost to tears on a couple of occasions. Not even 20, she is eloquent in both her thoughts and her movements.

I’m so desperately proud of her, with the one caveat that pride can suggest some sort of ownership, and I can take no credit in who she has become, and who she is becoming. Stunningly gorgeous and poised, Gina is entirely her own.
As cousins 10 years apart, it took a long time for me to get to know her at all. 10 years can be an awkward age gap in a family. She can be quiet, too. She doesn’t need to be the center of attention.

I don’t know what Gina wants to do now that she’s through with high school, but I’m happy to think that she can now more freely engage with those interests that she has so far been pursuing outside office hours, so to speak. I only hope the people she encounters will be worthy of her.

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

Posted June 30, 2011 by salty wisdom
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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.

Litszen’s Canadian* Tour of Untitled Worthies

Posted June 30, 2011 by salty wisdom
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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.