THE WOUND that got George Ballantyne, the eager warrior, out of the war, was in part responsible for getting Haig Ballantyne, the stolid pacifist, into it. Haig was completing his basic training at Camp Salute when the radio brought the first news of Dieppe.By RALPH ALLEN
NEVER in the history of human prophecy had so many been so wrong about so much. In the previous decade, the 1930s, prophecy was dismally easy. Even the statesmen who didn't want to see it, and who kept telling each other it wasn’t there, really did see Hitler’s war coming with dreadful clarity.By BLAIR FRASER
MY CAREER as a teenager and the last years of the 1940s happened to coincide, but I didn't feel much personal attachment to my generation in those days. I was an eavesdropper on teenage life. I didn't own my first pair of strides until I was almost eighteen, and didn't read The Amboy Dukes until last month.By JACK BATTEN
"MODERNITY,” YOU MIGHT SAY, began in the 1940s. Most of the things people use today, from cars to toasters, from bathing suits to eyeglasses, exchanged their squarish, faintly museumpiece appearance for their present aspect — “streamlined” was the catch-all phrase at the time — during the hectic decade of World-War-II-and-after.
As a practicing psychiatrist particularly interested in psychotherapy of married couples, I am moved to make two points about The Second Revolt of “Modern" Women by Robert Fulford (July 25). He writes that a man “can do little more than stand on the sidelines and watch” this “struggle of female image against female image, of female will against female will.”
THE STORY of the spectacular rise and disastrous fall of Windfall Oils and Mines Limited reads something like the outline for a Hitchcock thriller. There is the mundane setting — crowded, smoky customers’ rooms in Bay Street and Timmins brokerage houses.By DAVID LEWIS STEIN
FOR SMALL-L LIBERALS — and most Canadians fall into this category — one of the most nagging dilemmas of their creed is the gap between the preaching and the practice of racial equality. We support the civil rights movement in the U. S.; we insist that the color of a man’s skin shouldn’t deprive him of the right to a cup of coffee or a seat in a theatre; some enthusiasts even picket southern segregationists when they visit Canada, and most Canadians, I think, support the sentiments of such demonstrators.
AN AMERICAN CRITIC recently suggested that the Canadian writer Mavis Gallant was “doubly alienated” — she was cut off, first from the world around her in Quebec because she was English-speaking; and beyond that she had cut herself off from North American society by living, for many years now, in Paris.By ROBERT FULFORD
MARC PERRON, forty, a burly, efficient-looking civil servant, is the benevolent dictator of an entire town. The town is Lafleche. It’s just across the St. Lawrence from Montreal and perhaps, in one way, it’s appropriate that it’s so close to the site of Expo 67.By HARRY BRUCE
NO OTHER CANADIANS love any gift of geography the way New Brunswickers love the St. John River. Four of New Brunswick’s six cities are on the St. John and half her people live in its valley. To them, it’s “The Rhine of America,” or, sometimes, Woolastook which is Indian for Goodly River.
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