July–August 2022

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Re: “Without Great Seriousness,” by Kyle Wyatt

Redonda is a rock I have sailed past countless times. In fact, it is the backdrop of some of my favourite beaches in Antigua and Barbuda, where my family is from.

We usually go back a few times a year. I think the next time we’re there and go boating, I will ask my family to stop at Redonda, so I can, perhaps, self-proclaim myself a viscount and pop a bottle of champagne to make it official!

Wayne Francis
Brampton, Ontario

Re: “A Sort of Equilibrium,” by Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson ends his elegant review of David R. Cameron’s The Daily Plebiscite by complimenting the author for his remembrance of things past. And that’s my beef. From the contents of the review, at least, I get the impression that the book stops time at 1867. That’s not good enough — not even for historians of federalism. Unless they address the historical deficit that a Confederation focus perpetuates, they are exacerbating the injustice this deficit represents.

I’m not a historian but a settler Canadian learning about both my colonial heritage and my treaty heritage. From what I’ve learned so far, historians need to reconstitute Canada’s story based on treaty foundations: the sharing of land and responsibility to it. A sequel to Simpson’s review might then begin with a revised version of that old “chestnut” he opens with, about how Canadians would title a book about elephants. Just imagine The Elephant: A Federal, Provincial, or Treaty Responsibility?

Heather Menzies
Gabriola, British Columbia

Re: “The Long Grind,” by J.R. McConvey

Really quite moved by this amazing review of The Invisible Siege in the Literary Review of Canada. I feel . . . seen.

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Re: “Marches in Lockstep,” by Paul W. Bennett

Great review of Spin Doctors in the Literary Review of Canada. Take a read and then buy twenty-seven copies, please.

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Re: “Patina,” by Jo-Ann Wallace

Kudos for this knockout personal essay by Jo-Ann Wallace. Autobiography, social and cultural history, national history all effortlessly told. Stays with you bittersweetly.

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Re: “For the Time Is at Hand,” by Zsuzsi Gartner

This is a very good review of My Volcano. Gotta get that can of woo-woo!

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