It was the third day of Id ul Adha, the Islamic feast that marks Abraham’s slaughter of the sacrificial lamb. Bereft of traffic and mourning crepe, Cairo’s streets lay deserted as its benumbed populace huddled around TV sets to watch Mohammed Anwar el-Sadat’s interment in a hollow, marble pyramid near where, four days earlier, assassins bullets had cut him down.
The Alaska Highway near Carcross in the southern Yukon is a lousy place for a hitch-hiker to find himself on a late summer afternoon. The highway is shimmering in the heat, the mosquitoes are buzzing and the dust stirred up by tourists’ campers (“Don’t stop, honey; he might be dangerous”) is intensified by road crews upgrading the gravel highway.By Malcolm Gray7 min
"Keep your personal dignity and quit before they nail your skin to the fence.” That advice was offered to Joe Clark by a Vancouver open-line caller. A summer’s campaigning through church basements and country fairs, a heartening endorsement of his constitutional position by the Supreme Court, the Gallup poll showing he could win the next election have done nothing for Joe Clark in the eyes of his fellow Conservatives.By Ian Anderson6 min
They came to Melbourne from 41 nations—presidents, prime ministers and tribal chiefs—representing a quarter of the globe’s population. And in their own inimitable ways they symbolized the abysmal deprivation that many of them had left temporarily behind.By ROBERT LEWIS6 min
As an avid reader of Canadiana I disagree with Robertson Davies’ complaint about Canadian literature being lumped together in bookstores (Fiction ’s Brightest Season, Cover, Oct. 5) by virtue of its nationality (“your novel next to a book of 25 interesting things to do with maple sugar . . .”). I appreciate not having to delve through mounds of imported pulp literature to get to gems.
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