Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Yarns of a different sort....

In one of those weird aligning of the stars, the Canadians are afflicted with a national election during the same period that the US is approaching an election. Well, maybe it isn't so weird, since our election process in the US is beginning to be an all season thing. As soon as a candidate is elected they begin planning for re-election.

Anyway......Stephen Harper, the current Prime Minister has been challenged and is standing for re-election next Tuesday, Oct. 14. He has not been particularly friendly toward the arts during his tenure. Last month the Parliamentary cuts of $45 million to arts and culture funding fell squarely at his feet. ("Mr. Harper says protecting artists and funding arts is a waste of taxpayers' money," Layton said." from the link above.)

If you live near the Canadian border, you are well aware that Canadians are extremely proud to have a culture that is clearly distinct from US culture. Mr. Harper seems to have missed that point.

In a true expression of Canadian culture, Yann Martel (remember The Life of Pi?) is carrying out the ultimate literary prank. Click on this link: What is Stephen Harper Reading?

The beauty of this prank is that it gifts us three times. Not only do you get to laugh at the shabby state of a national leader's literary prowess. But, when you click on the book links that Yann Martel has sent, you get a wonderful introduction to each book. Third into the bargain: this is a wonderful reading list!

Such a prank would never work in the US today. First of all, our suspicions about the literacy of our current leader have long since been confirmed. And the book list would include things like Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, and to encourage growth perhaps a few Curious George titles.

Meanwhile, we eagerly await the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. (Even though this announcement is preceded by yet another blow to the US ego.)

Just to confirm that this is still a fiber blog, here are two works in progress.

More about them later.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, that is a great list. Our book group selects the books for 2009 next Tuesday. I'm working on the "ballot" but just saw a couple that I will add. There are a lot of worthy books but I'm always limited since one of the qualifications is that the library has to have sufficient copies. I would love to put A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on the list. Maybe I need to start hitting garage sales.

    BTW. the lace is spectacular!


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