Conversations about Canada: John Doyle

Why, look at the time!

Next month, it will be 20 years since I first moved to Canada. This anniversary got me thinking… about many things. And I decided to talk to people, Canadians old and new, and long-time Canadian residents, about this country that I feel I know less now than I thought I did a decade ago. I have been trying to fend off a feeling that I belong less to it now than years ago, when I had just moved to Toronto from Nova Scotia. Everything seemed possible back then. Now, twenty years later, perhaps I have hit enough walls to start noticing them and a different map of the possible territory of life here begins to take shape.

But these conversations are meant to be more about other people – and how they live here and how they make sense of Canada.

My first interlocutor is TV critic and author John Doyle, who grew up in Ireland and moved to Canada by the same method as I (an MA scholarship). Some of the topics that we cover:

– immigration
– Canadian TV
– whether Canadians should be less nice and more raucous
– whether we are now practically an American cultural province
– privatized vs public medicare (I had no idea that Ireland switched from latter to former)
– if literary publishers today expect the novel to be more like TV
– whether the CBC cancels all the best dramas, and
– how is it possible that Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming services manage to avoid sales tax.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/lperovic/johndoyle (c. 45min)

2 thoughts on “Conversations about Canada: John Doyle

  1. My dear,

    Delighted that you are interviewing John Doyle, one of my fave Globe writers! I will listen later and get back to you.

    xJ

    Virus-free. http://www.avg.com

    On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 9:51 PM Definitely the Opera wrote:

    > Definitely the Opera posted: “Why, look at the time! Next month, it will > be 20 years since I first moved to Canada. This anniversary got me > thinking… about many things. And I decided to talk to people, Canadians > old and new, and long-time Canadian residents, about this country th” >

  2. Just listened to your engaging and far-ranging chat with Doyle. I much enjoyed your many departures from his role as TV reviewer. I feel I now know his mind much better, from this interview alone, than from the decades of Globe columns! One thing that really threw me was his assessment of Irish novel Milkman by Anna Burns as “a difficult read” … “highly stylized.” It’s utterly neither of those things, and I think this shows how seriously TV viewing (even brilliant TV) has eroded his ability to enjoy literary fiction.

    We really should do something. May I drop by? We could have a beverage at your smart Village apt, and then I could treat you to an equally smart dinner in the ‘hood.

    xo!

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