amongst books

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

maybe the citizen isn't so bad after all

today the responses to andrew cohen's ottawa nonsense were amazing; folks like the director of the gctc and stephen beckta and russell mills pointed out the great things about ottawa that cohen conveniently ignores. and the columnists too had their say. it was poetic justice, as they say. i have to hand it to mr. cohen; he's at least made people think about this city and discuss what works and what doesn't work. i'm looking forward to reading rob mclennan's book on ottawa, the unknown city, for a much fresher and not stereotypical perspective on local attractions and our history as a city.

on a side note, did you know david warren read's poetry? yup. in his column today (normally something i avoid unless i want a bad stomach ache), he actually mentioned margaret avison and david soloway are his fav canadian poets. (hey at least he's read some canadian poetry, it's a start).

today's paper reprints the cohen chat transcript, so you should buy it if you haven't already. i'm sure there's room for even more letters from you talking up our literary community.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sigh. David Warren almost certainly doesn't have a favourite Canadian poet. He just says stuff like that in the hopes that it makes him an intellectual.