Sunday, September 27, 2009
What is the Prime Minister of Canada Reading?
By rights I should be posting this on my Book Blog but there's loads going on over there as it is. And no, this is not a pic of what's-his-name, the right-wing Bushite Prime Minister of Canada, but Yann Martel, the author of the amazing Booker-winning Life of Pi. Martel has set up a website covering his personal project to enlighten said PM by sending him books to read: http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca. He (Martel) is also publishing a book on this subject. I heard him speak at the Canadian Embassy last year. The man has a truly massive intellect. You can see him struggling to be patient with the mental processes of mere mortals who can't think as fast or as on as many levels simultaneously as he does. Nope, this isn't tongue in cheek. Some people find him arrogant. I think he's a raving genius. And he's easy on the eyes. Let's face it, most male writers are pretty hopey-looking.