Consumed Reader Q&A No. 1: Chris “Zeke” Hand

Posted by Rob Walker on March 20, 2009
Posted Under: Reader Q&A

As noted previously: In an effort to put Consumed readers (I am not crazy about the word “fans”) in the spotlight, I’m experimenting with a series of mini-Q&As with some of the interesting people who have joined the Consumed Facebook page. I’m hoping to do this every Friday.

n503994512_8120First up: Chris “Zeke” Hand (more here, and here) who among other things used to be the proprietor of Zeke’s Gallery, in Montreal.

1. What are you working on now, or making public soon, that you’re particularly excited about (and why)?

A couple of things. In no particular order; an Art Guide publication (using paper and old-school tech) for Montreal — 438 Art Galleries and counting. Making the maps is driving me crazy. A multimedia /multi-platform guide-to-your-neighborhood thing. And spewing lots of hot-air :-) over at CKUT 90.3 FM.

I’m excited about the Art Guide, because no one (and I mean NO ONE) is aware of how many art galleries are here. The scene is so incredibly fragmented it is ridiculous, and I might be able to (in a very small way) unite it slightly, which would be good.

I’m excited about the multimedia / multi-platform guide-to-your-neighborhood thing because playing around with new-technology and learning stuff is always fun (albeit frustrating, too :-)

I’m excited about being on the air at CKUT (aka spewing lots of hot-air) because despite new-technology, being on the radio is still
wicked cool. There really ain’t no soap box like it out there. Easy, accessible and understood by all. The archive/feed is here.

2.  Is there something you would have bought, or used to spend money on, a year ago, that you would not today?

Flowers for my sweetie.

3. What have you bought/spent money on/or otherwise consumed lately that you’re really pleased with? [This by the way doesn’t have to be a product — could be a song, a movie, an app, a particularly good mango, or anything else.]

Dinner and drinks at Pullman (a restaurant in the neighborhood).

4. And on a related note: Name, if you can, one thing that a friend/coworker/acquaintance bought lately that you find surprising or puzzling.

Something like a 35th bottle of sorta good, not so hot wine (you know, not plonk, but nothing to rave about either) by a person close to me who only drinks maybe one glass every third week or so.

Thanks for asking.

And thanks for answering! Next mini-Q&A in one week, with Debbie Millman.

Join the Consumed Facebook page here, and if you’re interested in being Q&A’d, just let me know.


Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

The new facebook layout reveals how I am the only one pathetic enough to comment on your consumed page. I rule!

What kind of wine does Zeke like?

I wish I could comment on your delicious links. I guess I could comment on the author’s page…

I think what’s cool about facebook and twitter is that it’s the first time in history when people have been able to have hundreds, thousands, and more “friends”. People are hardwired to be social creatures, so our brains drive us to explore social networks.

Written By Dr. Horowitz on March 20th, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

Re comments on the consumed page — figuring out where column feedback should be has actually been an issue. I don’t think until very recently it was obvious that comments could exist on that page. (In fact, even I didn’t know.) Plus people have a tendency to write me email about columns with their thoughts, which is fine, but doesn’t do much for public discussion. People used to also comment here, here till I started discouraging it. And ALL of those options happen outside the realm of the Times itself. For a variety of reasons my first choice would be for people write a letter to the editor — more other readers might see it, and also my editors at the Times (who do not generally look at this site, the facebook page, or of course my personal email) will maybe get the sense that, you know, the column has an audience.

I already know the column has an audience, but I wish sometimes it would express itself in more visible ways. Because visible reactions matter a lot more than they used to. And a lot more than it should, in my opinion — but that’s real life for you.

But anyway, you’re not pathetic. You’re cutting edge. People will figure it out.

Re delicious links, I am working on a solution to that problem, hope to figure it out soon.

Written By Rob Walker on March 20th, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

I am a Personal Branding Association All-Star.

What wordpress plugin do you use to get your blog posts on your facebook page? I need it, and 700 fans like you.

I think you should post your Consumed Column with comment capabilities here, on your blog.

If people start commenting on the consumed facebook page then facebook gets more eyeballs and BOTH you and the Times loses. The Times loses either way. Nobody is going to write letters unless the Times gives away free wristbands.

Written By Dr. Horowitz on March 20th, 2009 @ 6:03 pm


Apologies for the delay in responding (I didn’t think to check the comments until today) but to answer Dr. Horowitz’s question the wine I am drinking in the picture is Crede Bisol Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene. As for what I like, it depends on the situation, time of day and if there is any food involved.

Written By Zeke on March 27th, 2009 @ 9:31 am