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Canada and Other Matters of Opinion

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Canada and Other Matters of Opinion by Rex Murphy
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Sep 07, 2010 | ISBN 9780385667272
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“Wit, sarcasm, humour, verbal gymnastics . . . are here, together with some surprising post-scripts added with the benefit of hindsight. . . . Murphy begs — eloquently, of course — to be read.”
— The London Free Press

Author Essay

So, it is good to hear that Keith Richards is still falling out of trees. He may be the only one in the whole parade of what we deliriously call rock icons who still keeps some honest sense of abandon — which is the heart of music, rock and roll or otherwise — and who doesn’t worship his own battered image. The rest of them are plutocrats and poseurs. But Keith Richards is in a palm tree all by himself (or, as the case may be, just beneath one).

Ah, Keith! the only real god in the whole vanity-sodden pantheon. Up another tree, Keith, smoke another cigarette, and fall as often as you damn well please. A hundred Madonnas doesn’t add up to one-tenth of a Keith Richards.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Inclusive Me Out

EMINENT CANADIANS
Don Cherry: The People’s GG
A Boswell’s Life
Michaëlle Shines by Default
The Complete Soldier

CELEBRITY
Let Us Excori8 Live 8
A Saint Sorely Taxed
Ego Warriors
There’s Something About Cassandra

CARTOON CRISIS
Under the Cover of Faith
The Case of Salman Rushdie Is Fresh Again
Coming to a Human Rights Commission Near You

OBAMA RISING
Power of Speech
Only Words
Canada Could Learn from Obama
She Came to Praise Him
A Dream Divided
He’s Not God, But He Is America
Barackwatch
A Clichéd Dud

BAD ENGLISH
Nothing Is Sacred
Silly Bitching

THE EVIL THAT MEN DO
Saudi Hospitality
Because They Were Jews
Castro’s Useful Idiots
Eichmann in Tehran
A Ferocious Parable

LITERATURE
Image of a Poet
Pamela Anderson’s Outstanding Oeuvre
Sanity Takes a Holiday
Climb Every Mount Doom
This Is the Life
Doggerel of War

WAR ON TERROR
They Kill Because They Can
Fanatical Minds Defy Logic
What We Are Fighting For
The Real Truth

GREAT AND GOOD
Power Based on Faith, Not Arms
Solzhenitsyn’s Stature
Out of His Tree

THE PLEASURES OF SMOKING
Money to Burn
A Joint Is a Smoke
Great News out of Vancouver

REPUTATIONS
The Bush Paradox
From Brian’s Lips to Peter’s Microphone
Adrienne Clarkson Presents
Paul Martin Fights On

ART
Eros by Any Other Name
Mediocrity and Mischief

THE ENVIRONMENT
A Caring Heart
Al Gore, Recycled
Cars Are Smokers, Too
Numbers Game
Despicable Mask for a Weak Argument
The New Inquisition

CANADIAN IDENTITY
Without Hockey
One Nation
I’m with the Brand
Hands Off Hortons

SCANDAL
Completely Foxed
Bernier’s Girlfriend

CANADA AND THE U.S.
How We Flagged the American Bull
Home Truths for Both Countries
Our Camp Coffee

HUMAN RIGHTS
Saudi Justice
Flagrantly Islamophobic
Real Rights and Rights Commissions
A Blot on Democracy

CATASTROPHE
Spirit Behind the Giving
On Our Blindness to Disaster
The Bleakest Day

NEWFOUNDLAND
Last Dice Game
Victims of Stereotyping
The Peace of Twillingate
Meteorological Madness
One Voice that Counts
The Elusive Flavour of Our Politics
Danny Williams Has Gone Too Far

FAITH
Play Mystic for Me
Tolerance Must Flow Two Ways
The James Cameron Code

THE PATH TO POWER
Dion Buried Alive
Coalition for a Day
Grit Miracle
Coalition of Unintended Consequences
It Might Have Been

Acknowledgements

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