A Clash of Perceptions on Display at Last Night’s Heather & Markie Show
Those of you of a certain age may remember the cheesy TV show Osmond siblings Donny and Marie used to have back in the late 70s. One of their recurring shticks alluded to their supposedly incompatible musical styles: she was “a little bit country”; he, on the other hand, was “a little bit rock and roll.” Thus, she would warble ghastly faux-C&W ballads like “Paper Roses” while he would essay, say, a Jackson 5 tune.
The only reason I bring this up is because last night I caught Mark Steyn in conversation with Heather Reisman at Heather’s Manulife Centre book store location. And, well, let’s just say that à la Donny and Marie, their preferences weren’t exactly in synch.
He came, he spoke, he conquered.
Well, truth be told, Mark Steyn actually did not have to “conquer’ the audience of die-hard fans, and they came out in droves-it was standing room only, to Chapters Indigo to hear the man speak.
Heather Reisman-the CEO of Chapters Indigo, was clearly delighted to be hosting the conversation, though at times, it was excruciatingly obvious just how far the ideological and philosophical divide is between host and guest (picture a gulf about twenty times as wide as the Grand Canyon…)
Steyn began, at Reisman’s request, reading from the book (a selection from Pot Potpourri Roasting On An Open Fire), and quickly had the audience in stitches from the get go. But then the conversation turned very serious, very quickly as the the focus switched to the plight of the Aboriginals in Canada-specifically referring to the mess of Davis Inlet. Steyn referred to well- meaning bureaucrats who decided that the decrepit town, with all of its addiction and poverty issues, was the problem. So, a whole new town was built, and that, too-quickly became a gas-sniffing, alcohol and welfare dependent hell on earth.