In the current issue of The Walrus, regular CNQ contributor Stephen Henighan has an interesting profile of John Ralston Saul. I must admit: I’ve not read much of Saul’s work. I remember coming across his Voltaire’s Bastards back when I was a philosophy undergrad, reading a bit of it, sniffing contemptuously, and writing him off as of little consequence. My sister-in-law caught me out last year when, at Congress, she picked up his latest book and asked me what I thought of him. Little, I replied. She asked me why, and I couldn’t really come up with a reason: inherited prejudice and a too-quick-judgment. I made a note to give him another try.
Henighan’s excellent essay reminds me that I still need to do so, and that there may be a fair bit more to Saul’s work than I had originally thought. The Walrus has posted the essay online, which you can read here.
Though Henighan’s essay is the only one I’ve yet read, this issue of The Walrus surely ranks as one of their most interesting in recent memory. In addition to the Henighan piece, Mark Kingwell contributes an essay on civility in politics, Steven Heighton contributes a short story, George Bowering remembers AL Purdy, and there’s much else besides. Worth the purchase price on the newsstand. Go pick up a copy.