Old Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the German philosopher, didn’t think much of winter. In Thus Spake Zarathustra, he wrote, “Winter, a bad guest, sitteth with me at home, blue are my hands with his friendly handshaking.” Well, I never did think much of Nietzsche, with his prattle of Ubermensch (Superman) and his “morals of masters” (although I’ve always had a sneaking regard for one of his lines:By Walter Stewart16 min
June Callwood’s article on the Royal tour — Liz Windsor Superstar (September) — while unbearably coy in places, was certainly good reading nonetheless. You are to be commended for giving the Royal tour the prominence it merited. I reject, however, two of the article’s underlying assumptions: that “Liz Windsor” reawakened something that had been forgotten in Canada, and that the final layer of Miss Callwood’s metaphorical egg is impenetrable.
“We have been given Earth and Buffalo, who needs more to breathe than air?” The words are those of Big Bear, the Cree Indian chief whose tribe fought, along with Poundmaker’s, on the side of Louis Riel in the rebellion of 1885. The words are also those of Rudy Wiebe, whose novel The Temptations Of Big Bear (McClelland and Stewart, $8.95) is a major event of Canadian publishing this fall.By STEPHEN SCOBIE6 min
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