Soapbox Derby

May 22, 2011


Many of my friends had roots in the old country. But as we grew older, we became more Islington (a suburt of Toronto) boys than Italians, Irish, or Slovaks. We thought that our roots lay in the future, in a world we would help create, not in the past. But that future did not happen. Reality plays tricks on you. And the idealism that we espoused has turned into romanticism, a yearning to return to some golden past. It would be easy to say that this is because of a lack of leadership (at least in Canada). But Harperism is more a reflection of the general sentiment of people. A people who have become accustomed to a spoiled and comfortable life. A kind of second hand American dream. Because I have been involved in the arts, I believe that the artists have a great deal of responsibility to share. Too often they have been satisfied with book launches, art showings, professorships, and celebrity status. The arts have been too busy patting themselves on the back. Most people in this country (Canada) could not name an artist, author, poet, composer who is Canadian. And this is not because those names have not been publicized. It is because their work is not read, listened to, or looked upon.

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