Note from the Editors
We went out for dinner this week — perhaps the only time we’ll all be together for at least a year. Predictably, it was a three hour free-for-all that touched on things like that subpar article on the clitoris in the Globe, the merits of Fauda, and the philosophical roots of Glen Coulthard’s Red Skin, White Masks (look for a longer piece on this soon). Also, why my opinion on that new Dirty Projectors song (“so-so”) was biased by the fact that I have been watching Lemonade on repeat for the last 3 days. I admit, I might have liked the song more had the video featured a woman smashing a car (like the new Metronomy… though I’d still prefer a baller mustard-coloured dress to the jean jacket).
But the conversation we keep coming back to surrounds our fascination with American news. Why do we keep sharing American think-pieces on racism and populism? Where are the quality Canadian commentators on these types of political issues? Why do big name Canadian writers seem more interested in provoking controversy than articulating well-founded positions? Why are we inundated with the likes of Jonathan Kay* and Andrew Coyne, but don’t seem to have a David Remnick (Doug Saunders and Marsha Lederman may be the closest we have)? How do we read and share Canadian news in a way that sparks the same nuanced conversations that we get out of a standard New Yorker article?
In some ways, it comes back to what we wanted out of The Harper Decade project: partisan-free conversation on important issues. No arguing just for the sake of it or giving time to bullshit issues of purely political significance. So, we’re working on how we might play a role in creating or sharing more of that content.
Mostly, we’re here, like all the other newsletters about these days, to earnestly share our obsessions; another small, quirky life raft in the sea of dead blogs and faltering platforms (good luck, Medium!). Thanks for joining.
*WTF was that Walrus piece on men’s rights activists? And Kay’s failure to remember his mother was on the board of one of the groups profiled? Spare yourself, and don’t read it.