Dear Doppelganger,Heheh. We only recently got a few Tim Horton's franchises in Vancouver, and let me tell you, they caused quite a stir.
I was reading your post about Farley Mowat a while back, and it got me thinking about the cultural differences between the States and Canada. Like how most Americans think there aren't any. (As Homer put it, "Canada? Why should we leave America to visit America Junior?")
Obviously, this is false. But, being an ignorant American, I would be curious what Canadians think the biggest difference are.
So, what should I read if I wanted to immerse myself in this foreign culture? What authors are particularly Canadian? What are the Canadian ur-texts, the stuff they make everyone read when you're in school and little? (Johnny Tremain comes to mind for me, as a kid who grew up in Boston. We also had to memorize Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride.") Farley Mowat seems to have been one, from some of the comments it provoked.
What makes Canadians Canadian? Go on, come up with an all-encompassing definition of the culture of 32 million people. I dare ya.
P.S. Yeah, yeah, Tim Horton's.
Anyway. I need to roll this around my brain for a bit before I come up with a response that I expect will be as broad and sweeping as it is totally inaccurate. I bet you all can't wait.
In the meantime, have at 'er, Canadians and other opinionated people. I'm extremely curious to hear what you folks think.