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David Mamet: “The American educational process prepares those with second-rate intellects to thrive in a bureaucratic environment. Obedience, rote memorization, and neatness are enshrined as intellectual achievements.”


From a journalism student:

That’s a fascinating story Reg, I’m sorry you went through that. I’m glad to see you persevered through it.
I’ve spoken to my professor regarding our interview, and he won’t let me do the assignment unless I am able to film the presentation, and potentially interview an attendee. I understand you do not want this, but I’m wondering, is there a workaround? Perhaps I could film another one of your presentations. If you’re not willing to budge on this, I understand.
Thank you kindly,




ok boomer

That’s that I guess. Thank you for considering this nonetheless, and thank you for our chat over email. It’s been informative to say the least. If I could leave you with a suggestion, stop speaking so much of how other people say great things about you. It’s a big turn off. Jane Jacobs certainly ”was and remains the preeminent thinker on cities,” but that doesn’t mean you have to mention what she thinks of you all the fucking time.

It may sound like I’m insulting you, but I want you to know I genuinely mean that from the bottom of my heart. You’re an interesting thinker Reg, and there are less and less of those every day. Just open your mind a bit more.

Best of luck with the Cineforum and all other endeavours.

Thank you kindly, (Name withheld).

The author of this is one of my failures.

A lot has been written and said about myself and my work.

Some of it is toxic.

Currently I am facing the greatest trial of my life.

As with everyone who has found themselves in this extreme I have no choice but to stand up to it.

I don’t post this so people will listen as I know by far the majority, like this person, will not.

I post it so that afterwards they can not say, “Why didn’t you tell me.”

J. G. Ballard (author of Crash and Empire of the Sun) in 1992:

“Science fiction, I suspect, is now dead, and probably died about the time that Judy closed her anthology and left to found her memorial library to the genre in Toronto. I remember my last sight of her, surrounded by her friends and all the books she loved, shouting me down whenever I tried to argue with her, the strongest woman in a genre for the most part created by timid and weak men.”

When Judy created HYDRA NORTH, a gathering of people who work professionally in science fiction in Canada, one SF writer asked her, “Why is Reg Hartt here? He does not write science fiction?”

It was a good question and one I was asking myself. Said Judy, who was not one to lightly give praise, “He is the most creative person working in film in Canada.”

A lot of folk will not agree with that but they are nowhere near the calibre of Judith Merril.

The sad truth is that most folks, like the author of this request, are timid and weak.

They are strong in the safety of their rooms typing venom on to the web but on the street they cower.

The one important thing Jane Jacobs taught me was to stand up. Truth be told it did not take much teaching.

Most will say when asked to help, “This storm will blow over.” Then they will close their door.

Or, if they do help, their help comes with a price.

What Jane Jacobs did was to say, “How can I help? Come inside until this storm blows over.”

That’s what I do, too.

The author of this email quoted above thinks that spending money to be part of a journalism course at a university that offers internships will get him a career.

What it will get him is a bill for time wasted and the opportunity to take the place of the last person to get an internship through that program who, having invested time working for free has now asked to be paid.

They are replaced by the next person willing to work for free.

–Reg Hartt 2019–11–7.

“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required to be a serious artist. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.

Ignoring the street poster bylaws:

Destroying street posters and placing them in lumps of confetti behind posters put up by commercial posterers:


Posting flyers smearing Reg Hartt:


The face of hate on Toronto streets:


Daniel Goggin on finding himself smeared by street posters (2017)


Daniel Goggin on finding himself smeared with street posters (2012)


John Paul Re on working for the man who has been doing damage to myself and others:


Street poster campaign smearing Terry Ross:



“I did not write that for you to use it on a poster!” screamed Will Sloan. These kids seem not to have looked at the ads for books, movies, cds, what have you. They all include endorsements from others.

Jerzy Zaborski is Polish. He is also a Buddhist and a high ranking Tibetan Lama who accompanied the Dalai Lame on his first journey across Canada. “This place is like a university. People can learn here,” said Jerzy. I replied, “Some do. Most do not.” Then he said, “You are a Crazy-Wisdom-Yogin,” I said, “I hear crazy often enough. What does the rest of that mean/” Jerzy replied, “It is the highest compliment I, as a Buddhist, can pay. It means you are living absolutely the life you are teaching.” “I would not say that as I know how far below the mark I fall,” I replied adding, “But I am making the effort.” That is the best we can do. This is extremely high praise. Not to shabby for a fellow who was told in high school, “You have the wrong attitude. If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks.” Had I not left I would have starved. Not enough people leave.

This back cover contains endorsements for this book. Will Sloan and the author of the email above seem ignorant of the fact that this is how things are done. My work has been dismissed by an awful lot of people over the years. Many a person who has come here and become a friend has told me, “My teachers told me to stay away from you.” I tell them to stay away from their teachers. Now and then a few of them do.

Years ago one of Canada’s major universities invited me to teach. I was told, “You will like it here. We get the ones with money.” I silently said to myself, “I get the ones with talent.” “I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs. Yes, it is.

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