July 1, 2009
Canada vs. Canada
I feel totally disconnected from the Canadian mainstream.
I walked past the CBC building in Montreal with Leah last month. "I'll bet that would be an unbearable place to work," one of us said.
"Yeah," replied the other.
To me that's Canada. David Suzuki talking about electric trains.
I want Leonard Cohen writing songs about prostitutes in Edmonton hotel rooms.
And Alice Munro introducing The New Yorker to the word "fuck."
I could do without all the passive, open-minded mediocrity. Obasan!
John Steinbeck once attended the convention of his country's Democratic party. After all their mass self-congratulation and parading of heroes was over he wrote, "Maybe it's perverse in me, but I find in myself a kind of hunger for a dishonest, cowardly, inhumane, and nongreat American."
This is me waving at Steinbeck from North of the border.
Steinbeck non-fiction compilation America and Americans and Selected Non-Fiction.