I always care deeply about voting in Canada's elections and I always do vote. But I don't usually feel a dramatic paradigm shift in the wake of an election. Even when we got rid of our notorious mayor, it felt like a small steering correction, not a dramatic lane change. But this week I really felt I woke up to a new Canada. And - best of all - an old Canada too. It's been palpable all week.
The Germans probably have a word for a feeling of nostalgia that strangely applies to the present. It would makes sense of how I've felt all week, the small bursts of joy I've had every time I think about our new leader. And, no, I don't think it's gonna be perfect - they're all still politicians for chrissakes! But I'll take my politics with a side of hope over a side of fear and meanness and bigotry any day.
I haven't thought too much about this weekend, really, but I am seeing this tonight! I guess I'll just enjoy the height of fall, my favourite time of year, and all that's in the air.
Some links for your weekend:
- Conspiring with the Dead: On the Power of Reading Poetry Aloud
- “Her achievement is all the greater when one considers the predominance of male writers in the canon which was available to O’Brien; as an Irish woman writing in 1972, she was faced almost exclusively with male representations of women.” - Paula McGrath on Edna O’Brien
- The posters for The Lobster are so beautiful. I hope the movie is too
- "Scholars have traced the word back as far as 1593, and found it wobbling from infancy. In fact, the Scots/Gaelic word from which it emerges, canny, meant not only what you’d think—“safe” and “cozy” and “prudent”—but also “sly of humor,” and “having supernatural knowledge.” You might go to “a canny man” to have a spell cast on an enemy, or to have one reversed. So you might say that from early-on, “canny” secretly contained the seed of its own “un.” A shadow-word just waiting to emerge." - On the uncanny
- Grey areas: Why sex that’s consensual can still be bad. And why we’re not talking about it.
- "A bag of Hunky Dory crisps" never seemed so poignant
- This is what we're like.