Monday, June 1, 2009

Welcome to the dollhouse

We haven't been able to stop thinking about all of the lofty ideas that John Bellamy Foster strung together for us last week when we hosted an event with him. We're not sure we fully understand the nuances of the current economic meltdown as he explained them, but there is no doubt that we learned a lot that night.

In keeping with the atmosphere of the event at the Glebe Parent's Daycare we decided this lovely pink dollhouse was a perfect podium. Someone in the audience joked about the stability of its mortgage. For two hours, John talked about stagnation and financialization as he stood at the dollhouse, surrounded by cheerful butterflies and flowers, and clouds that appeared a little less foreboding by virtue of the fact that they were raining sparkly streamers.

It was a very Octopus moment.....serious discussion with a nice touch of light hearted ridiculousness. It's what we strive for in this crazy world.

This is Steve who traveled from Toronto just for the event, without so much as a place to stay for the night. Since that makes him an A-1 John Bellamy Foster fan we figured he was the best person to introduce the man himself, so here he is talking about why Bellamy Foster's work is important to him and why it should be important to everyone. He was a lovely smart guy and Octopus was thrilled to make his acquaintance.

As always, a good evening was had by all.