Today The Walrus put up an interview with Lisa Moore. Interviewer Suzannah Showler injects the following sentence into the very first question:
We’re at a point where “Canadian” is sometimes used as shorthand for literature that is too aesthetic or intellectual.
I think Showler needs to name her sources on that one, because I can’t think of a single person with even a passing knowledge of the current state of CanLit who would say something like that with a straight face. Unless of course she’s discovered Canada’s great new satirist, a Stephen Colbert for the up-and-comers of Canadian letters. I’d also like to know who in the name of Christ’s watery haemorrhage thinks a phrase like “too aesthetic” has any place in a meaningful literary discussion. But I suppose that’s why I’m not writing for magazines.