Literature

Category: Literature

Before the mid-twentieth century, if you’d asked someone to describe a quintessentially Canadian story, they might’ve used the words “historical” and “wilderness”. That’s because many of the popular Canadian books from this period — such as Wacousta (1832) or The Man From Glengarry (1901) — followed characters contending with natural forces and historical contexts. These kinds of books created a mythology around a so-called Canadian identity: a mythology rooted in the natural landscape and a particular version of the country’s history.

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I have stacks of books around the house at any given time, and read them according to what's imminently due back at the library.

Currently:

How Music Works, by David Byrne - as big as a textbook, but fascinating. It's so dense it has taken me a while to get through it, but I mean dense in a good way...  it's the kind of book you keep setting down to think about what you've just read. Both wide-ranging and personal, and fascinating even if you aren't a massive Talking Heads fan like me.