GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 1: Wordworks
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: Time for Wordworks, our regular peek at local matters literary.
Joining me for the first time in months, it seems, is popular author and critic,
PAUL: Kathleen, how I've missed you.
KATHLEEN: It's nice to be back. I heard you had a nasty summer season.
PAUL: It's behind us, pray to God. Not unlike the summer books.
KATHLEEN: It was rough - the usual selection of low-brow pulp and
scurrilous biography for the beach or cottage.
PAUL: The nadir, I suppose, was local starlet "Veronica's" tell-all
KATHLEEN: "Some Good Tale," yes. Alleged to be "the life" ... as an
actress in Newfoundland and more recently as she rocketed to fame and
fortune in Europe ...
PAUL: But in truth ...
KATHLEEN: An account of time spent on her back.
PAUL: And otherwise. Makes Klaus Kinski look like a Trappist.
It's incredible the number of local artistes and culture vultures
she's taken to bed.
KATHLEEN: Of all genders ...
PAUL: Professions ...
KATHLEEN: ...political persuasions and social stations.
PAUL: I noted that she was quite impressed by the sexual prowess
KATHLEEN: Well, those who managed to stay awake. More than a few legendary
local lays get their balloons bust in this book.
PAUL: Kathleen, Kathleen, even a lifetime .300 batter has the occasional
bad trip to the plate.
KATH: Fanned, did we, Paul?
PAUL: She was throwing heat, with a lot of movement on it -- I was caught
lookin', she blew it by me, all I heard was the sound of the ball in the glove.
What can I say.
KATH: A woman of extraordinary talent, certainly, but as a book, well ...
PAUL: Total trash.
KATHLEEN: Utterly without merit and read cover to cover.
KATHLEEN: "Some Good Tale", published by Viva Electra, at $19.95.
PAUL: Autumn's upon us now, so you have the initial release of the
new ... quality books.
KATHLEEN: Yes. First, "My Dark Passage."
PAUL: If you insist.
KATHLEEN: A memoir of spiritual awakening ...
PAUL: I'll bet.
KATHLEEN: ... in the Newfoundland Wilderness. It's by noted British
Columbia author and naturalist, Hillard Lawrence.
PAUL: (flipping through pages) An exquisite volume, certainly.
KATHLEEN: It's an account of self- discovery in a very poetic prose style,
with photographs and illustrations by the author.
PAUL: You wouldn't fault it for being a little ... self indulgent?
KATHLEEN: Oh no! Though the focus is kind of inward, I suppose. Lawrence
had a very ... "uplifting" experience, finally even communing with Beothuck
and Mic Mac spirits
KATHLEEN: ... and coming to terms with his relationship to his mother.
PAUL: I'd prefer to employ the courts.
PAUL: Good snaps and doodles, I grant you.
KATHLEEN: It's an attractive book and environmentally friendly.
PAUL: Recycled paper, then?
KATHLEEN: No, it's printed on hemp paper.
PAUL: How B.C. (sniffs) Hmph, what do you know. Perhaps this question is
a little juvenile, Kathleen, but ... well, this is a complimentary copy, right?
PAUL: Were you tempted at all to ... try smoking a couple of pages?
KATHLEEN: Paul! Don't be ridiculous.
PAUL: Frankly Kathleen I couldn't have it in the house.
KATHLEEN: "My Dark Passage - A Spiritual Awakening" with drawings and
photographs by the author, Hillard Lawrence, published by "Out There"
Press of British Columbia at $29.95.
PAUL: Next ?
KATHLEEN: From the University of Newfoundland at St. John's Art Gallery,
a large format ...
PAUL: Let me help you with that Kathleen.
KATHLEEN: ... large format book, "Beyond Measure - The Visionary Architecture
of Rodney 'Duff' Wheeler."
PAUL: Now this is exciting.
KATHLEEN: Perhaps not as well known outside Newfoundland ...
PAUL: Oh, I'm sure most Canadians are familiar with the work of Duff Wheeler,
Look at these sketches.
KATHLEEN: Duff Wheeler, of course, did some of our most memorable conventional
architectural work: The Rendering Plant at Baie De Mort ...
PAUL: The BCN Coal Fired Transmitter ...
KATHLEEN: The Badger Incinerator ...
PAUL: The Church of Economology Temple ...
KATHLEEN: The Land-Mine Park ...
PAUL: What a legacy. I only learned recently that the BCN Coal Fired
Transmitter actually looks like a giant radio.
KATHLEEN: Yes, but you can't see that from any of the approaches to the
facility up on Mount Scio. Duff Wheeler's original plan called for the
defoliation of the entire hill to afford a proper view of his work.
PAUL: And he found compromise impossible.
KATHLEEN: Yes. He burnt his commission for that design when the City
Fathers refused to kill the forest. And he died, of course, crucified on
Atlantic Place, a retail property here in St. John's that he found aesthetically
PAUL: That's integrity! Wow. He was great ... but insane.
KATHLEEN: Indeed. But Wheeler is perhaps most highly thought of for his
PAUL: They're here in all their glory. The Inverse Pyramids... my favourite,
the proposed Newfoundland Legislature - the melted building ... the cathedral
of string ... the fixed link to Prince Edward Island.
KATHLEEN: Fascinating, if whimisical.
PAUL: I don't get whimsy
KATHLEEN: No ?
PAUL: How to explain this ... when I was young, I thought, wow! a melted
building. Then I "matured" and considered it "whimsical," and now in my
middle years I think, "a melted legislature ... how entirely appropriate.
KATHLEEN: We grow, we change.
PAUL: Yeah? I don't know what's happening to me. Anyway, a tremendous
book, and long overdue.
KATHLEEN: "Beyond Measure - The Visionary Architecture of Rodney 'Duff'
Wheeler," from the collection of the New School of Architecture at UNSJ,
published by their Art Gallery. And it costs $250.
PAUL: Thanks for coming in.
KATHLEEN: A joy to return.
PAUL: And we should mention that Kathleen now has her own show on BCN.
It's called "Her Nibs", and it's on at eight o'clock Sunday night.
KATHLEEN: Yes, a weekly literary programme where I'll be afforded the
opportunity to look at issues in more depth than we do here.
PAUL: There's nothing wrong with concise analysis.
KATHLEEN: Of course not.
PAUL: And you'll still be here with Wordworks.
KATHLEEN: Maybe not as often.
KATHLEEN: When I find the time.
PAUL: Fine. Thanks.