TJ Dawe

TJ Dawe

 TJ is a Vancouver based writer, performer and director of new theatre pieces. He's participated in ninety or so theatre and comedy festivals in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. He has six published plays and a humour book. He's also interested in movies, literature, television, comic books, history, science, spirituality, tai chi, technology, food and the Enneagram. He generally juggles a dozen projects at a time. He thinks more people should read the books of Barbara Ehrenreich, Gabor Mate, David Mitchell, Dan Savage, Mark Kurlansky, Miriam Toews and Brian Michael Bendis. 


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      Here's every instance in the novel Twilight in which Edward the Vampire's beauty is described.
Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:36

Women Vs. Women Junior: Alias Grace and Tangled

  A shorter version of my essay Women Vs. Women, exploring how in the lives of women, the leading roles are played by other women.  
  Beneath the radar of men's awareness, women conduct emotional boxing matches with each other.
Monday, 14 November 2011 06:18

Is For Real?

    I'm fascinated/confounded by the website Is it satire of college age women? Is it a manifesto of hedonism and narcissism?
Sunday, 06 November 2011 16:01

Recipe for Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Bread

  Making bread from scratch is easier than you think. Add some herbs and sundried tomatoes - you'll be moaning with bliss.
Sunday, 06 November 2011 14:22

How Lame Music Killed My Faith

  I was raised pretty strongly Catholic, but the venture was ultimately doomed because of the music. Is that how these people feel about God?
Monday, 31 October 2011 15:26

Captain America Vs. the Tea Baggers

      There's potent political allegory in superhero comics these days. In the graphic novel Two Americas, Captain America takes on the Tea Party Movement.
Saturday, 29 October 2011 20:46

The Four Quadrants of Death Cab for Cutie

  What are the Four Quadrants? Components of a map. A way to understand what's going on with something. For instance, Death Cab for Cutie.
Monday, 24 October 2011 16:42

Literary Excerpt: Margaret Atwood on Batman

    Margaret Atwood explores science fiction, fantasy and mythology in her newest book In Other Worlds. This excerpt contains her look at Batman through a Jungian lens.
Monday, 17 October 2011 21:43

Totem Figures Interview with C.R. Avery

C.R. Avery is a musician, spoken word artist, beat boxer, poet and much else. His Mt. Rushmore includes Tennessee Williams, Patti Smith, Sam Shepard, the blues and hip hop.
Monday, 17 October 2011 17:08

How Right Are Germophobes?

  How filthy is your apartment, or the food you eat? How clean does cleaning your place make it? Do you really want to know?
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:55

A Font for Dyslexics

  A Dutch firm has designed a font which makes any script easier to read for dyslexics. It's not that different, but it's different enough.
Saturday, 08 October 2011 01:00

The Music of Andrew Bird

    A look at Chicago based musician Andrew Bird: violinist, guitarist, singer, whistler, loop pedal magician and subject of the new concert documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year.
Sunday, 02 October 2011 17:51

What are Totem Figures?

    If you had a personal Mt. Rushmore, who or what would be on it? Why those things? And do those things say about you?
Sunday, 02 October 2011 16:35

The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram

      The Enneagram charts nine personality types in the human race, but it also has profound spiritual ramifications, as Sandra Maitri explores in her book on the subject.
    Some works of art lay everything out for you. Some acknowledge the audience, and pull them out of their chairs, into the arena.
  A battle wages over the legality of Insite, North America's only safe, supervised injection site, located in Vancouver's Downtown East Side. Friday, Sept 30th, the BC Supreme Court will deliver its verdict.
Monday, 26 September 2011 16:30

A Dozen Random Songs in Five Minutes

  I've digitized my CDs, and now have all my music in one place. Random shuffle brought up these twelve tracks.
Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:48

Veggie Burger Recipe, From Scratch

  Veggie burgers seem to come from two places: restaurants and supermarket freezers. But you can make them from whole ingredients, and it's easy. And goddam delicious.
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