Michael Ondaatje

Canada: Top Ten Things To Love and Hate

Last week, in honor of Canada Day, I decided to whip off a list of The Top Ten Reasons We Here in The Great White North Should Be Both Proud and Ashamed of Being Canadian.

However, I soon realized that it wasn't something that could simply be whipped off in a few minutes, so I decided to take a few more days to think about it and here, finally, is my official list of the top ten things I love and hate about this country:

Five Lists of Absolutely No Interconnected Relevance: Bob, Woody, Michael, Chris and Bruce

1 Most Favorite and Hilarious Christopher Guest Film:
   1. Best In Show

2 Favorite Michael Ondaatje Books:
   1. The English Patient
   2. In The Skin of A Lion

3 Greatest Angry Bob Dylan Songs:
   1. Idiot Wind
   2. Positively 4th Street
   3. Hurricane

4 Favorite Woody Allen Movies (in no particular order):
   - Crimes and Misdemeanors
   - Hannah and Her Sisters
   - Annie Hall

The Michael Ondaatje Rave ("Divisadero" Is Magnificento!)

I just finished Michael Ondaatje's latest book, "Divisadero", last night and it was, like all of his books, fantastic. He certainly makes us wait a long time between novels, but when they finally do come out they're never disappointing. The man's writing is simply mesmerizing, mysterious, magical and moving (and, why the hell not, magnificent, marvelous and majestic too).

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