True, Dan.
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 share of Canadian literature, and is at least somewhat familiar with how the publishing game is played up there, as well as the quality of the work that gets published, I am comfortable arguing that its American counterpart could learn a thing or two from paying better attention to its northern neighbor in that respect.

Besides, no Canada, no Neil Young or Joni Mitchell. No Glenn Gould. No Martin Short, Dan Ackroyd, Phil Hartman, Norm MacDonald, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara. No Alice Munro or Margaret Atwood or Anne Carson. No Marshall McLuhan.

Above all, no Leonard Cohen or Christian Bok.

(I'll grant you that cursing the world with Justin Bieber almost outweighs the rest.)

And, by the way, no late-great Mark Dworkin.

The oft-heard American complaint about Canada is that "nothing ever happens there." Not true of course, but insofar as it is, America could use a dose of that stuff right about now.

Idiots? Not hardly, pal.

    • CanadaDan Brown, Sun Jan 16 12:38
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      • True, Dan. — olds, Mon Jan 17 14:48
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