Thanks. Did not know about Ondaatje's Billy saga, and to further expose my literary blinkers, that he wrote The English Patient. Good grief, this Google fellow I obviously just consulted is a bottomless fountain of knowledge.
McMurtry heaped praise on Ondaatje's Billy as well, although there was one loud dissent. This from a 1997 interview:
<< His first book, ''The Collected Works of Billy the Kid'' (1970), a salad of poetry, prose, hypothetical news stories and photo documentary about William Bonney, made him well known at home. That book was a dissonant blast: sex was deftly, unsentimentally described; the characters were mangy, mean-tempered killers in 1880's New Mexico, and blood and alcohol were everywhere. It was a sharp-edged book, and it got into the right hands.
<< ''The ex-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was essentially out of a job, but he was a very cantankerous, wonderful old demagogue,'' Mr. Ondaatje said. ''He read the book, and he just hated it. So he called all the cameras in for a news conference, and he said, 'This is disgusting!' There was a picture of me on the front page of the newspaper.
<< ''Only about eight people had bought the book, so it was quite sweet in some way for him to read it,'' he said with a laugh. ' >>
It just so happens that yesterday I was musing on a business idea, Cancel-you.com, that would upon request lambast you, the client, as a retrograde, commie, racist, capitalist running dog, wokey-dokey, fascist, elitist, RINO, amateur historian (ouch!), or any disapprobation of your choosing, in return for 5% of any resulting book or movie deal.
In the age of social media, the net effect of being cancelled is fame. Call it the Kardashian effect.
I was going to ask you. Apparently it was a 30-page consideration of Mister McCarty Bonney Kid. Do not know what became of it. (Are McConnell's papers archived at a university or historical society so... more
Re: Beat me to that inquiry. — Daniel Buck,Sun Jan 09 12:10
Ondaatje was savaged by a certain nationalist element in Canada for having the temerity to write about "American" subjects. Apparently Canada was peculiarly insular--and insecure--about its literary c... more
Canada is...well, Canada. Overrated by many. While Canada may appear to be a sort of idiot relative of ours, she got her land the same way we got ours - by taking it from them who had it first. Lift t... more
At least about the "similar kind of dirt," though if Canada can be characterized as "a sort of idiot relative of ours," I am happy to raise high a glass to idiocy.
As someone who reads his fair sha... more
I do admire Trudeau's willingness to go full blackface at a moment's notice. And also like us, Canada interred their Japanese citizens during WW2, for their own good, of course. They also keep the nat... more