Editorial 3: Ego

Fried Eggs by Sarah Maple

Ego.

Every month Dayna and I rack our little brains to come up with themes. Ego is just one of those words that irritates and inspires, provokes, and makes you roll your eyes. We like that kind of thing at NMP.

Ego is about many things. But it’s mainly about you.

It’s about your self-awareness, your self-analysis, your self-reflection and your right to self-identify. It’s about unique patterns and special characteristics. It’s about your alter ego, (“the other I”), the second self, your persona within your person, your inner animals, you aliases. It’s about roll-playing and fantasies. It’s about all you double agents, too. And pseudonyms, secret identities, and of course, the superheroes among you.

It’s obvious now that ego and provocation go hand in hand. Ego is our deep dark animal in/side–our identity–and our attempt to make it make sense to other people. To make people see what we see, and beyond seeing, to make them acknowledge, if not believe, that we know who and what we are.

I had the great pleasure of seeing Bobby Noble present last year in Toronto. Issue 3 holds his reflections about the impacts and outcome of the talk. Identity provokes.

From Ego to Id (or, the I), Ann Cvetkovich and Tracy Tidgwell let us in on their conversation about the potential of a collective queer ego, trauma and depression, drag and diva performance, go-go dancing, 1970s feminist practices of consciousness, queering the archive and alternative histories. And there’s more. Way more. I’m so fucking happy about this piece, personally.

Awilda Rodriguez, the producer of ‘Still Black’, interviewed by Indri Pasaribu, states: “I am mostly inspired by life’s queer moments and how they move/shape our identity.” In particular, Rodriguez saw the importance of creating a film that focuses on black transmen.

“Ah, Ego. Makes a great fuel but a shitty engine” says Daniel MacIvor, one of Canada’s greatest living theatre artists. Contributor and interviewer par excellence, Sasha, speaks with the wonderful MacIvor about personal growth, the purpose of theatre, and the comforts of “queer”.

“Who Would You Rather Sleep With?” This is the question NMP’s newest regular contributor, the wonderful Nicholas Little, brings to the table. As an outreach worker with gay men, Little ponders the politics of disclosure and rejection in relation to HIV campaign slogan targeting HIV- guys.

We have fiction this month, too. Farzana Doctor lets us in on a bit of her amazing novel Stealing Nasreen and Karine Silverwoman offers up a poem and a short story. You won’t be satisfied with this –I promise—you will have to buy the book or beg them for more. More. More.

NMP editors continue to rock the gay world. Someday M-C is going to have interviewed all the great lesbians and queer ladies and butches in the universe. We’re so happy to feature the beautiful and legendary Barbara Hammer in issue 3. Mathilde devient théoricienne avec son concept D’HÉTÉRIOSEXUALISATION : elle explore le monde de l’artiste Français, Tom de Pékin. Dayna continues to curate incredible video artists and guest writers; this month we welcome Kim Kielhofner and local legend and Artistic Director of Groupe Intervention Video, Anne Golden.

Dayna also interviewed our cover artist. She writes: “Sarah Maple is provocative.” She may be light hearted but she is not for the weak of heart. Her works explores the so-called contradictions between “being a good Muslim” and fitting in to western world, the ongoing conflict and struggles of culture and identity. Her work is also deeply feminist in style and content, though what kind of feminism she calls on is for you to decide and debate here. I’m thrilled about the cover image, because like the theme for this month, it winds up you right up.

What is Funny? Lex Vaughn is funny. “The Toronto people: They no like spontaneous funny.” See for yourself.

Jess Dobkin is one of Canada’s best performance artists. Everyone agrees. And if you’ve ever met her, you might even say she’s one of the smartest and nicest people you know. Judge for yourself: listen to her artist talk and DoM interview with–you guessed it–Dayna McLeod!

I love our NMP team. It’s growing. We now welcome Fabien Rose and Nicholas Little to the NMP love affair.

Remember to comment a lot (contributors love that!) (and don’t be afraid of the skill testing question – it’s a spam filter), and as always, dear readers, we are committed to bringing forward a challenging and sexy magazine bimonthly.

Oh – the print issue is ready now for only 23.55$

Mél Hogan

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Submitted by essay (not verified) on Tue, 01/04/2011 – 16:36.

Great story thanks for sharing!