Jonathan’s Pick: Racist Sandwich Podcast

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People often wax poetic about the way that food is the ultimate unifier, how it brings people together, how it is the platform for shared experience, even across social difference. Anyone who works in communities dealing with food insecurity, cultural diversity, poverty, immigration or gentrification know that food can actually be fraught, divisive, troubling. Indeed, this might also be obvious to any kid whose brown bag lunches didn’t look much like their peers’.

In a recent (and excellently illustrated) article in Knowable titled “We Like your Food But Not Your People,” Sara Peters and her interview subjects discusses eloquently the ways in which food trends act in collusion with gentrification and racism. So there’s my first mini-pick for this week.

My main pick this week is a podcast which takes questions about cuisine and cultural appropriation, displacement and diaspora — Racist Sandwich. The title is clunky, but begs us think — how might a sandwich be racist?

Wonder no further. While the production sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, the podcast, hosts Soleil Ho, Zahir Janmohamed and Juan Diego Ramírez make up for it. Along with their guests, they  aren’t shy about confronting the complex issues surrounding food in a globalized world, with increasingly stratified cities and an increase in racist violence and resentment. I recommend Episode 16, with chef Salimatu Amabebe, which deals powerfully with eating disorders and how they can be compounded by white supremacy. For a less intense episode to start with, try Episode 11, titled “Pho is the new pho.”

Gord Hill Comics: What is the Black Bloc?

Gord Hill’s comics appear in every issue of Broken Pencil. Click the image to view it in a larger format.

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Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation on the Northwest Coast. Writer, artist, and militant, he has been involved in Indigenous resistance, anti-colonial and anti-capitalist movements for many years, often using the pseudonym Zig Zag. (Bio from

Calls for Submissions: Lucrative contests, weird one-off zines and Crap Orgasm


Calls for Submissions: Radical Compassion Zine

Lefty artists, writers, creators! How do we advocate for the poor and marginalized, leverage privilege, and learn to listen? Radical Compassion zine wants to ask about how we can responsibly and respectfully organize in Trump’s world. Email your submissions to! Here’s the tumblr posting.

Calls for Submissions: Crap Orgasm

Short and flash fiction, as well as poems are being solicited for CRAP ORGASM!!  Following the Walrus’ bogus obscenity concerns about publishing these two words, the editors behind this new literary journal want to push back at censorship and the general dumbing down of Canadian writers’ work. Submit here.

Calls for Entries: The BOAAT Book Prize & the BOAAT Chapbook Prize

BOAAT is one of the best platforms for poetry out there today, and they’re not shy about bucking literary norms at the same time as nurturing the trends and communities making poetry happen, like, happen. These contest could win you publication and either $1000 (chapbook prize) $2000 (book prize)— what are you waiting for? Submissions are open from April 15 until May 31.

Book Review: The Keys of My Prison

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The Keys of My Prison, Frances Shelly Wees, 187 pgs , Véhicule Press,,,$14.95

The Keys of My Prison deserves to be elevated to a classic of Canadian literature. Originally published in 1956, it has been out of print since 1966. Hopefully this new edition, part of Véhicule’s Ricochet Books imprint, which features vintage Canadian crime novels, will bring Frances Shelly Wees to belated prominence.

Book Review: As If

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As If
Alban Goulden, 140 pgs, Anvil Press,, 18.00$

Alban Goulden provides a series of short stories set in Vancouver and the prairies. The stories centre on the subtle, crucial ways that these settings interact with the people who populate them. There’s a strong focus on technology and how it affects users that Goulden approaches in most of the stories.

April’s Song of the Month: Del Bel’s “Go On”

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After our first Song of the Month release was a big hit, we’re continuing to partner with Wavelength Music Series to treat our Broken Pencil Members to new tunes from the indie music scene.

If you’re not a Broken Pencil subscriber already, you can become one by getting a membership at the Broken Pencil store!

Or if you are, login and enter your email to receive your free download of Del Bel’s “Go On”!