Although literature found its way into Bob Dylan's songs, and gave him "a way of looking at life, an understanding of human nature, and a standard to measure things by," it doesn't make him an author.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
The symbols that would have the right to hang out proudly with other national symbols are all in decline. "O Canada" and the Maple Leaf are down, the Mounties and beaver, way down.
This goes well beyond a slip; it's a conceit with a useful history in disparaging Indigenous claims.
Socialism is no longer a dirty word and left-wing parties have valuable lessons to learn from authentic candidates who were able to attract the youth vote.
The revival of "1837" revealed that our show is (relatively gently) charged with overlooking truer victims: the First Nations.
Corbyn boldly, even recklessly, doubled down, blaming the bombing partly on the aggressive, militaristic foreign policy of previous leaders, including Labour's own Tony Blair. Why did it work?
Trump's speech in Riyadh this week was normal foreign policy drivel, which came as a relief. It was no more preposterous than what Obama, Clinton, or Trudeau deliver when they talk world issues.
The cultural appropriation debate broke new ground this week, for me anyway. I confess I was among those who always saw it as essentially a matter of free speech: the right to write what one chose.
I'd have fired James Comey too. The guy is delusional, grandiose and a drama queen (who does that remind you of?). The former FBI director thinks it's all about him.
If political acts, like voting, are meaningless under globalization, that makes some sense of the refusal by normally left voters to turn out for Hillary, leading to Trump's victory.