Steyn Reads Writing On Wall, Starts Packing


4) I have been nominated for the National Magazine Awards, which in the normal course of events would be regarded as a big career boost. In my case, by the time the winners are announced, I’m likely to have been declared unpublishable in the daffy Dominion. So any award will make a nice accessory for the tomb of my Canadian career. 

Considering his accent, we doubt he’ll get the “Canadian born” tag if he’s mentioned again in the press. Nor will he be re-published in the press, for fear of reprisal, unless he’s writing watered down junk. In which case, these words from Orwell are apt, as far as Canadian publishing goes:

Posterity will never hear of you. You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. We shall turn you into gas and pour you into the stratosphere. Nothing will remain of you: not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as in the future. You will never have existed.


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