Somehow, in that atmosphere of chalk dust, while everybody was drawing circles on the desks with their compasses, they got William Lyon Mackenzie by us. We knew he did something, but we didn’t know what; and whatever he did was a lot less important than geometry, even though nothing was less important than geometry.
Last year’s best-selling rock single was a tendentious history of rock and roll as spied through the fantasies of its composer-performer. American Pie doesn’t quite prove that the music died, any more than The Last Picture Show means John Wayne is gone, but it shows how ingrown a pop art form can become.By DENNIS DUFFY5 min
Doctor: “Excuse me nurse, I have to go up and save a life.” Nurse: “I’ll tell ya what, Doc, give the patient a break and stay here.” It used to be a joke that the little men in white coats were coming to get you. Too late. They’re here. A few more medical shows and they’ll have to carry me off to the place we used to call the loony bin.By HEATHER ROBERTSON5 min
It has been a long time since I have urged anyone to go out and buy some particular magazine, but I’ve done just that with the February issue of Maclean’s. From cover to cover, every article is thoroughly enjoyable. Keep up your format. So many publications are little more than a conglomeration of advertisements.
Gerry Patterson thinks square. That is one of the secrets of his success, and Gerry Patterson, at 39, is a very successful man. He is enthusiastic and loud and tells a lot of jokes, and every day at noon he shuts the door of his Place Ville Marie office in downtown Montreal and lies down on the plush red carpet for a half hour catnap.By HARVEY SCHACHTER5 min
There have been so few good roles written for actresses in recent years that Gerald Potterton’s The Rainbow Boys, opening this month in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, deserves a sustained cheer for giving Kate Reid her best film role to date.By JOHN HOFSESS5 min
Maybe being exposed to Canadian nationalism distorts one’s view but after seven months in the UK it seems to me that the British are going through an identity crisis backward. This is partly visible politically. The far-right National Front, which did surprisingly well in recent byelections, proposes to “Keep Britain British” by sending the Common Market and all postwar colored immigrants packing.By JOSEPH GOUGH5 min
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