Editorial 21: Waste

This is the Waste issue.

Waste as in:

To fail to use.
To neglect to care for.
To consume carelessly.
To gradually destroy.
To wear down the body.

The passing of time.
A barren land.

Zero waste, get wasted, to lay waste, hazardous waste, wasteland, waste not want not, wasting away, waist.

In this issue…

Superstar NMP regular contributor, Momoko Allard, interviews Sarah Anne Johnson about using a mixed media approach to art in order to push the bounds of photography. NMP has the privilege of featuring Johnson’s work on the cover of issue 21. In recent years, Johnson has used photography, sculpture, drawing and performance to look back into her grandmother’s trauma as a victim of the CIA’s illegal MK-ULTRA experiments. She has also sailed through the Svalbard archipelago as a participant in the Arctic Circle residency program, out of which came her newest series: Arctic Wonderland.

As part of an ongoing NMP exclusive 2012 series of raw interviews with audio/sound artists, Owen Chapman parle avec la charmante Magali Babin.

Call Me They” is a weekly blog that Coco Riot and NMP regular Elisha Lim update weekly with illustrations, stop motion animations, letters to newspaper editors, a talk show, a petition, and every imaginable ingredient for a happy, robust trans community. For NMP, Elisha Lim and Coco Riot explain the Call Me They movement.


Gisèle Trudel presents a paper that discusses the operations of the waste landfill situated at Lachenaie, Québec, 45 km from Montreal. Trudel explains that garbage dumps began to appear on the margins of urban centres shortly after the industrial revolution. The dedication of a precise location for burying waste began concurrently with urbanization, as wasteful packaging increased and the ‘life cycle’ of goods diminished.

Frank Suerich-Gulick  explores the healing role that dumpstering played for him at a time of personal crisis and pain and how dumpstering functioned as therapy to help him come to terms with his trans identity.

Gabrielle Théroux uses falconry to disperse the seagull population of a Montreal garbage dump. Her insights reveal a unique and unusual relationship between nature and trash, explains Jordan Coulombe.

Political wasteland…

Our other NMP favorite, Yasmin Nair, explains how the gay movement’s argument in favour of marriage for the sake of better health care in the US is false. Yasmin argues: “Gay marriage is supposed to help my breasts. The gay marriage movement, in its relentless search for rationales for what is inherently a conservative movement around “normalcy” and acceptance, often makes the case that healthcare is a primary reason to make it legal. In the process, it has created a climate where the most progressive/lefty people, gay and straight, fail to see that healthcare is an economic matter and something that should go to everyone, regardless of their marital status.”

Evan Light suggests that in Québec, people have become used to police violence. Every year, writes Light, marches are organized against police brutality, and every year complaints are filed, and yet every year the human rights atrocities continue. Learning how to talk about police violence and the ways it affects society is a starting point to changing the social and political systems that seemingly render these dynamic ‘normal.’

Liz Brockest suggest that we are living in a time of FAT panic and questions the fears the surround the fat body. Brockest talks about how fat bodies are continually represented as garbage receptacles in popular media: large vessels that represent wasted opportunities, a lack of control, and undesirability. But such stereotypes harm everyone… how can we change this?

Nothing wasted…

Trish Salah is back with poetry drawing from her forthcoming book, Lyric Sexology. These poems interrogate the affective and representational politics of feminist, sexological and psychoanalytic discourses on transsexuality. Transmisogyny, heteronormativity, and erotic ethics, as well as violent fantasies of purity and utopianism are also considered. Yaya Yao‘s poetry suggests that working for freedom is no waste…

Get your copy of issue 20 now: Witness.

NMP would like to thank its amazing copy editor for this issue: Tamara, we love you.

We would also like to officially announce that Heather Davis will be our special guest editor for our sept/oct issue, themed Dirt. This promises to be one of the all time highlights of NMP!

Dear readers, we are still and always committed to bringing forward a fruitful and extravagant journal bimonthly.

Your NMP Editors,
Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee