Wed, 18 Dec 2002

I have a theory that our resentment of the U.S. is rooted in our suspicion that their uneducated opinion of Canada – that it’s a cold, dull country populated by good-natured lumberjacks – is actually pretty accurate. I guess we’re not supposed to talk about our boringness in the presence of outsiders – we’re just supposed to proudly thrust out our maple leaf lapel pins and talk vaguely but at great length about the importance of Marshall McLuhan and the Canadarm. But we can admit it among ourselves, right? We’re boring, Farley Mowat is a blowhard, the Tragically Hip aren’t that great, and, mythology aside, the Avro Arrow was an overpriced boondoggle. There, I’ve said it. Just don’t tell the Americans.


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Michael A. Charles is a writer, animator, and musician currently living in the Vancouver area.

Michael is the singer and guitarist for the band known as Sea Water Bliss and the creator of Garson Hampfield, Crossword Inker.

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