Canada is the center of the world. You didn’t know that? Oh, yeah.

See, your trouble (as always, I address the mirror) is you’ve got Mercator’s projection in your mind—which tells you nothing about the way things really are:

It was invented in 1569 for sailors, who couldn’t conveniently fit a globe—the very idea of a globe was new then—into the situation room. And despite the fact that it’s so distortive it’s the icon of news programs, weather reports, travel agencies, Google Maps—it’s our image of what the world looks like.


Plus sur le Canada, le Québec, le froid de cet écrivain maintenant chaudement installé en Grèce.

Cold Comfort: Notes on Canada