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I’ve been reading Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer, a new book by This Magazine’s literary editor, Stuart Ross. The book is a collection of columns that ran in Word: Toronto’s Literary Calendar, and according to the media release from Anvil Press it’s “a rollercoaster journey into the mind of one of Canada’s most committed small press activists.”
In “And Because it is My Heart,” Ross (author of more than 30 other books and anthologies and our literary editor since early 2004) provides a list of things he is bitter about:
“This Magazine keeps making everyone but me their literary editor” comes in at number 2. We’re very happy to have him.
Also, I thought I might draw attention to the strange item I’ve been using as a bookmark in Stuart’s book. It’s a little booklet, say two inches by four, called the TTC Subway Rider Efficiency Guide.
It’s 14 pages of small diagrams meant to instruct subway riders which door will most closly match up with the exit/escalator they plan to use at their destination station. It’s an awesome idea, and it’s put together — no, not by the TTC — but by a group of Toronto residents and subway riders (including some folks from Spacing magazine).
This is the kind of thinking I’d like to see from the people who run the TTC.

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