Douglas Coupland has taken the stuffing out of the pillow of CanLit. Perhaps it was replaced with pudding, I’m not sure. But he wrote an article for an NYT subscription-only online source (so probably only about 100 people read it) saying that the grant system in Canada sucks and that old writers are taking up too much of the limited resources.
Coupland describes Canadian literature as being at a dangerous moment right now, as the younger generation is set to break out.
“There is a grimness around CanLit â€” the same sort of grimness that occurs when beautiful young adults are forbidden to leave home and are forced to tend to aging and dying family members, when they are forbidden to lead their own lives,” he wrote in the article on New York Times Select, an online service available only by subscription.
After the article was published, he reportedly stuffed a sock in his grandmother’s mouth and forced her into a questionably-run private nursing home.