Friday, May 04, 2007

What is Stephen Harper Reading?

Life of Pi author, Yann Martel is valiantly attempting to broaden the horizons of Stephen Harper by sending him bi-weekly doses of some of the most thought-provoking and revered works of literature the english-speaking world has known. Mr. Martel has promised to continue this 'campaign' as long as Mr. Harper holds the post of Prime Minister. All I can think of is the incredible library that Harper will accumulate if he manages to win the next election, and how said library will inevitably go to waste. This is an excruciating thought.

To document these attempts to inspire more 'stillness' in Mr. Harper, Mr. Martel has begun this website. The best part is that with each book, Martel includes an introductory letter that describes his reasons for selecting this particular work. Reading these letters make me want to read. Continually. I encourage all of you to check them out. It's also amusing to note the types of literature that have been sent... in contrast to the policies of the man to whom they are addressed...

I am glad that Mr. Martel is publishing his attempts, as his letters, which I fear are wasted on Stephen Harper, offer us a wonderful insight into the works he is recommending. So tune in to "What is Stephen Harper Reading?" every second week to check out the latest entry (and to see if Mr. Harper has responded...)

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At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Meagan said...

Agreed. Might as well be talking to a brick wall.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger MonkeyBlogger said...

This is the greatest thing ever, I hope Stephen Harper provides some type of response. I love Yann Martel's writing, here is another reason to love him even more!

 

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