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CNQ: So what’s the problem with CanLit?
ST: The problem with CanLit is Canadians. That’s the problem! It’s not the books, it’s Canadians. It’s the Canadian character.
CNQ: They don’t appreciate their own literature?
ST: Canadians tend to be cheap. They tend to be not very well informed about books. They don’t seem to care about much. That’s the problem.
CNQ: I know that Hoffer brought this up in his article ‘Cheap Sons of Bitches’.
ST: He was right!
CNQ: And he used to rant and rave about academics….
ST: That’s right. They’re the worst offenders. Some academics make a good living teaching this stuff, but they don’t believe either. They won’t pay anything for books! They don’t really believe in it. If they did, they would pay, because people will reach into their pocket for things they really care about. (10)