This blog’s hope and purpose is to establish a meeting place for Canadian literature’s amateur enthusiasts. We use the word “amateur” in its original sense of “one who loves,” independent of considerations of fame or fortune.
We believe that there is a hunger for thoughtful exploration of our literature and that many readers want to explore its implications deeply, clearly and honestly, if only they could find a forum in which to do so.
We believe that out of such an exploration, a significant body of knowledge can be built.
We are despondent over the current sad (perhaps even moribund) state of the popular conversation on Canadian literature but reject the notion that this is a result of reader’s disinterest in “depth.”
We reject the idea that academia owns the Can Lit territory and that an inability to pronounce the latest academic shibboleths disqualifies an interested reader’s thoughts.
We embrace academic ideals of clarity, accuracy and the need to develop ideas in the crucible of mutual criticism.
We acknowledge that complex ideas are more fun when they are artfully and entertainingly presented, and we believe there’s nothing wrong with fun.
Therefore, as an alternative to endless irritable pontificating, and in the spirit of early childhood cottage round-table discussions [see First Things] we propose the creation of a lively forum for original ideas about Canadian literature, artfully and entertainingly presented, where the strength of the idea, regardless of the age, sex, formal education, or social class of its creator, is the only thing that counts, and as a result, hope to have done one small thing in support of Canadian literature and Canadian writers.