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MOUNT ROYAL: There's Nothing Harder Than Love
has been accepted into competition for the CoProduction Market at the Berlin International Film Festival in February '13.

"Artists must lead from the front."
That quote comes from the great Russian Revolutionary painter Olga Rosanova, one of the earliest abstract painters, when she showed her legendary work, The Green Stripe.
Inspirational words worth taking into this brave new year that is upon us...

MOUNT ROYAL: There's Nothing Harder Than Love
A Phosphorus Books/Smashwords Edition
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How To **** Your Psychiatrist
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The onslaught of things like 50 Shades of Cynicism continues; depressing and depraved in the worst way, filthy in the most unsexual manner, a horribly cynical abuse of language. Who reads it? Who can? It's like chewing sand. It would be nice if it was actually erotic or even titillating but it's just a cynical ploy to tease f*ckless halfwits into giving up their money for a pseudo-wank. The same doofi who think a feather boa is hot stuff. The utter lack of humanity, context, emotion or anything else resembling genuine writing is so base, so abusive, the author ought to be charged with language homocide. But she's just some money cypher. She could be selling lawnmowers for all it matters to her. It's the buyers who trouble me. What kind of congenital moron reads that nonsense and gets off on it? Jeezus! Imagine THEIR daily life. It's doesn't bear considering.
I know, I know, I've been told; don't take it so seriously. But my love of language forbids me from grinning smugly about the "masses" and their love of banal garbage.
Empress Theodora once made a remark that could easily apply to those who've made the word Nazis behind 50 Shades of Faffery stinkin' rich:
"I shall never yield to the filthy mob, that lowest throng of shouting liars and fools, craven and treacherous, dishonorable and shiftless. If you are to take my crown, you must take my head with it."

Now she was the real deal... Oh, but for the good ol' days...

Speaking of cynicism and abuse, I recently read a book called The Room. The author's name is unimportant. The cynicism behind it is staggering, not to mention the incredibly maudlin writing. You might recall the story of a woman who was kept prisoner in an underground apartment by her father, in Austria. She bore a number of children by him, one of which, if I remember correctly, died very young. After more than 20 years she was finally rescued. The Room is based on that story and was written and published about 5 minutes after the story came out in the media. There is something so vicious, so sickening about appropriating this horrible story fresh off the wire and turning it into 'an award winning novel.' Of course not a penny of the proceeds went to the subjects of The Room. And of course it was told 'through the eyes of a young boy.'
Of course, of course. Vampiric housewife lit at its absolute worst.
If you had gone through something like that how would you feel about some alleged author in a Canadian suburb turning your depthless nightmare into a heart-rending two-dimensional soap opera? It is a kind of evil that is difficult to fathom. It seems that yes, monsters are real - and they steal the lives of the most abused, making the 'author' no better than the man who committed this atrocity. A pox on that 'author's' house.

And on that note...
Happy new year and here's to it being Lucky '13...

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Basil Papademos

Basil Papademos is the author of MOUNT ROYAL: There's Nothing Harder Than Love, published in the spring of 2012 by Tightrope Books, also available as an ebook in all formats from all digital retailers. His earlier novel, The Hook of it is, was published by Emergency Press. His upcoming novel, How To **** Your Psychiatrist, will be published in the fall of 2013.

Go to Basil Papademos’s Author Page