Lester Pearson was not a popular prime minister. With his bow tie, lisp and aging baby face he was a bit of a buffoon, playing parliamentary tool to Diefenbaker’s Lear. It is startling that six months after his death Lester Pearson should become a televis on celebrity, an entertainer with an tlephant’s memory, a talent for amusing stories and a simple candor that makes him, if not a politician to admire, a man to love.By HEATHER ROBERTSON5 min
The Mariposa Folk Festival, now in its thirteenth year, happens on the Toronto Islands and features folk singers, dancers and artisans from North America and elsewhere. A three-day, 10-hour-a-day festival with better than 100 performers cannot even be fully attended, let alone commented upon, so let me tell you about two things I enjoyed at Mariposa ’73 and what they say about this kind of gathering.By DENNIS DUFFY4 min
Baseball was never intended for grown-ups. That, presumably, is why the Americans are so fond of it. It may also be why Canadians take a more detached view: they realize baseball is a game to be played, not studied. That’s not to say Canadians don’t like it.By ROY MacGREGOR4 min
Opera composers are seldom nice guys. Mozart wrote sophomoric smut to a female cousin. Wagner was an egocentric voluptuary who ran up unbelievable bills, which he had no intention of paying, to drape himself in silks and satins. Critic Hans Keller, citing work after work by Britten that deals with torture and grim death of children or blameless young men, has suggested that sublimated sadism is a prime motivation in Britten’s creative life.By GRATTAN GRAY4 min
“What the Manitoba election did,” said the NDP political aide, “was to clear the air. Politics are polarized in this province; the choice is clear. You’re going to see the same thing happen right across the country.” He leaned back with the air of a man who has just delivered the revealed truth, and glowered across the dinner table, challenging contradiction with a glare.By WALTER STEWART4 min
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