Points to Ponder
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.
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