Tuesday, July 29, 2008
When CBC announced who won the Maria Karaoke Problem on their website, they kinda forgot they're three hours ahead of much of the country. Which meant that Western Canadians with the internet had the drama and suspense ruined for them.
Having lived in Toronto for longer than I care to admit, I must admit that it can be easy, at least occasionally, to fall into the centre of the universe trap.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Of course, economics determines in large part what gets published. But though this may not be entirely desirable, there's a compelling argument for the marketplace determining quality. Shakespeare, for instance, went with whatever he could find that would appeal to audiences. This, I'd say, is the best advice any young Canadian writer can take, rather than listening to some gadfly spouting imagination-limiting prescriptivism.
-- Nigel Beale, from his review of Henighan's Afterlife of Culture. In the July 26, 2008 Globe and Mail. (link).