As I recall,
Sun Jan 09, 14:01

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.

    • Re: Beat me to that inquiry.Daniel Buck, Sun Jan 09 12:10
      Bruce, 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
      • As I recall, — olds, Sun Jan 09 14:01
        • CanadaDan Brown, Sun Jan 16 12:38
          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
          • True, Dan.olds, Mon Jan 17 14:48
            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
            • More Canadian contributionsB.J., Tue Feb 08 1:09
              Canada’s participation in the 1944 D-Day landing at Juno Beach. 14,000 well trained Canadian soldiers rapidly hit the beach and quickly moved inland which had an indirect effect of decreasing the defe... more
              • Re: More Canadian contributionsDaniel Buck, Tue Feb 08 10:16
                Excellent point. 12 or 13 (depending on who is counting) allied countries provided troops, with the US, Britain, and Canada landing the most. I will take this WWII nod to recommend a fine book tha... more
            • There's a few exceptions. No doubtDan Brown, Mon Jan 17 22:55
              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
              • Oh, I wouldn'tolds, Thu Feb 10 13:35
                suggest trusting Cohen, just listening to him, or better yet, reading him. "Beautiful Losers" is a terrific novel and there are a number of poetry collections that are worth a look-see as well. BTW... more
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