What would happen if I were to tell you that I’m an adventurous risk-taker? Well, to begin with, everyone who has ever met me would fall over laughing—and I’d be lying. Oh, I’ve had adventures—even been adventurous to the point of “Wow, was that a bad idea!”—but I am, on the whole, a creature of comfortable habit.
Because I lived in Montreal and not Dublin, my experience of growing up an Irish Catholic differed in many ways from that of James Joyce, but if you’ve ever read his A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, you have a vague idea of some of what’s involved.
You may already have gathered (correctly) from the contributions on this month’s “Letters” page that those unhappy with my recent piece about the federal election outnumbered those from readers who share my discontent with our national leaders...
Letters from readers often contain constructive criticism, and while I may not reply to every letter, I do think seriously about every idea. A recent contribution from a longtime subscriber suggested that I use this space each month to discuss the content of the current issue.