Following the trail left by Orwell last week, here’s an entry from Frye’s unpublished, newly posted Notebook 51, paragraph 15:
Orwell’s doublethink is the soul-body civil war where the consciousness hypnotizes itself into thinking it believes what the repressed consciousness knows to be nonsense. Fear of external authority creates internal repression. All genuine imgn. [imagination] is doublethink as Orwell defines it.
Because the CBC doesn’t see fit to allow non-Canadians to watch material they post on YouTube, for crying out loud, I’ve moved the CBC clip I posted earlier after the jump. Replacing it above is an excerpt from an upcoming documentary on Richler, “The Last of the Wild Jews,” premiering on Bravo! in March. For good measure, I’ve added another clip after the jump in which Richler takes a swipe at Canada for being so Canadian (we’re nice and all, but, sheesh, he’s got a point). Sadly, because it too is a CBC clip, it cannot be viewed by non-Canadians.
Today is Mordecai Richler‘s birthday (1931-2001).
Here’s a little anecdote from Richler’s On Snooker:
When Northrop Frye discovered that my friend Bob Weaver golfed, he was appalled. “I had no idea you engaged in executive sports, Bob,” he said. (83)