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 culture in those days. Didn't seem to faze Ondaatje, as his next work was "Coming Through Slaughter," about the New Orleans Storyville (redlight district) jazz musician Buddy Bolden, a work I actually marginally favor over the Kid volume.
I like your Cancelyou.com idea, but I am myself deathly allergic to "the Kardashian effect," or so-called fame of any sort. Gimme the spondulix, but leave my name and mug out of it.
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 ... 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