Points to Pon­der

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Home - BY CHRISTINA PALASSIO

While most peo­ple like the no­tion of free time, ac­tu­ally hav­ing to deal with it is hor­ri­ble. It’s a deal with the devil. At least when they’re em­ployed they don’t have to do deal with the free fall, the noth­ing­ness of free time.

Artist and au­thor

DOU­GLAS COU­P­LAND, in The Guardian

I think peo­ple mis­take yelling re­ally loudly for com­edy.

Ac­tor and co­me­dian JASON JONES,

in the on­line publi­ca­tion IndieWire

I was asked to do some jokes, both in French and in English. Of course, when I was mak­ing jokes in French, I was mak­ing fun of the an­g­los and vice versa. And I was ex­pect­ing to have the crowd laugh­ing—your turn to laugh, my turn to laugh—but that’s not what hap­pened. Ev­ery­body laughed at all of the jokes.

Bon Cop Bad Cop ac­tor

PATRICK HUARD re­mem­ber­ing the mo­ment, while pre­sent­ing at the Ge­nie Awards, that he got

the idea for a bilin­gual com­edy

“Fol­low your heart,” they say, “and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I don’t know who it is that feels this way, but it’s cer­tainly not me. The way I see it, fol­low­ing your heart is the hard­est thing you can do.

Olympic cy­clist

MONIQUE SULLIVAN, on CBC Sports

It is time to re­mind our­selves why we de­vel­oped such a pas­sion­ate and, we thought, un­shak­able com­mit­ment to democ­racy and hu­man rights, to

re­mem­ber the three lessons we were sup­posed to have learned from the con­cen­tra­tion camps of Europe: in­dif­fer­ence is in­jus­tice’s in­cu­ba­tor; it’s not just what you stand for, it’s what you stand up for; and we can never for­get how the world looks to those who are vul­ner­a­ble.

Supreme Court Jus­tice

ROS­ALIE ABELLA, in a com­mence­ment speech

at Bran­deis Univer­sity

I try to live up to what I’m paid to do.

Nashville Preda­tors de­fence­man

P.K. SUB­BAN, in the Na­tional Post

I think real lead­er­ship is be­ing your­self and hav­ing an apt will­ing­ness to do what­ever job is in front of you, re­gard­less of your po­si­tion.

Chef HUGH ACH­E­SON, to Eater.com

For Na­tive peo­ple, art and cul­ture are not sep­a­rate. The art of West Coast carvers is inseparable from their her­itage. Same with Inuit sculp­ture and Cree bead­ing. Any­thing that in­fringes upon our art can be con­sid­ered a di­rect threat to our cul­ture. So, un­der­stand­ably,

In­dige­nous peo­ple re­act.

First Na­tions play­wright DREW HAY­DEN TAY­LOR, in The Globe and Mail

I’ve never had that need to be the ring­mas­ter with the whip. When you have ev­ery­thing work­ing beau­ti­fully, get out of the way.

Direc­tor DAVID CRO­NEN­BERG,

in Cana­dian Busi­ness

Curl­ing fans are very knowl­edge­able and re­spect­ful, but when they are cheer­ing for their home team, things can some­times change. You hear cheers for misses, the odd heckle— I per­son­ally think it is great.

Curler BRAD GUSHUE,

on CBC Sports

I wish I could be­lieve that noth­ing should ever, ever be cen­sored un­der any cir­cum­stances. I don’t think I

do be­lieve that, though.

Poet DEN­NIS LEE, in Jan­uary Mag­a­zine

Read­ing is an ac­tiv­ity that causes the brain to won­der again.… When­ever I fin­ish a book, I put it down and the world seems to ex­plode with new mean­ings. On some level, lit­er­a­ture as­sumes that every reader is a child.

Nov­el­ist HEATHER O’NEILL,

on the lit­er­ary web­site The Mil­lions

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