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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    Watching a terrible movie in solitude is excruciating. Watching it in a full theatre is a hoot. Why? 
  This is a brief excerpt from Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.
  What will happen in any given year between now and the year 2101? I don't know. But many people who post on the internet do. Here are their answers.
Monday, 29 August 2011 01:11

Would You Eat Meat Grown in a Petri Dish?

This isn't a rhetorical proposition. Petri-dish meat exists now. It should be available in your local supermarket by next Wednesday. Well, maybe not. But they're working on it.
  Enneagram Personality Type Three is the Performer, the Achiever, the Catch, the Best. Exemplified in this case with Madonna and William Shatner.
Monday, 22 August 2011 15:54

A Machine That Makes Anything You Want

    A 3D printer doesn't just spray ink dots on 3D objects, it makes 3D objects, to your specifications.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:07

The Fugue Fugue

  Living in the information age has most of us doing mental juggling routines as a matter of course. Are we more distracted and fragmented? Or is this good exercise for us? 
This brief bit of dialogue from HBO's drama Big Love showcases the mythic/membership stage beliefs of its main characters. 
  Sales of e-books increase, sales of physical books decrease. How do comics adapt? Like this...
    A brief excerpt from Ghostwritten, David Mitchell's debut novel. Describing the personalities of the various London Underground lines.
  Why does the hero need to be pushed to the point of near defeat for the victory to mean so much?  
    Context isn't everything - but it's certainly something. For example, the stand-up comedy of Brian Regan...
Rodney Decroo is a singer/songwriter whose Mt. Rushmore would feature Bob Dylan, poet Philip Levine, and Mark Twain - specifically the novel Huckleberry Finn.  
    Ubuntu is a free, open source operating system for your computer. It's an ethos. And a very large collaborative project. It also fosters community.
      This is a brief whooping up for Terence Malick's movie The Tree of Life. It left me smitten. Dazed. Wondrous.
Monday, 11 July 2011 04:07

Gabor Mate and the Ayahuasca Project

  Dr. Gabor Mate leads shamanic healing retreats twice a year, in which participants ingest the Peruvian plant medicine ayahuasca. 
  July 1st was Canada Day. Many people painted red maple leaves on their faces and sang O Canada: a dreadful, outdated, whiny piece of music.
    The Enneagram's personality Type Two is the Helper, the Giver, the Special Friend. Here's what they look like in action. In the world of music.
Monday, 27 June 2011 18:15

Strawberry Crumble Recipe

It's berry season. My girlfriend made crumble out of a batch of strawberries my parents picked from a local farm. Here's the recipe.
      Star Wars is about George Lucas. He used to be Luke Skywalker. Now he's Darth Vader. 
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