January is so often bad news, and the news of M&S’s absorption into Random House dimmed the fugitive light that much more for many readers interested in Canadian literature. But one aficionado’s “misguided” response to the news has captivated the Canadian googling public this week: the anonymous blog CanLit is Sexy has paired famous Canadian authors’ photos with naughty reconfigurations of some of their best-known titles into pickup lines, to hilarious effect.  Check it out. Which is your favourite? Which photo surprised you most? Which title provokes the biggest groan? Who simply must be included? Where can this idea go from here?

In fairness, as a kind of response, I’m going to leave the last word to CanLit is Sexy subject and famous Ladies’ Man Leonard Cohen, whose “Poem” mulls on the power of words, in the pursuit of love:

I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumours on our lips
it is because I hear a man climb the stairs
and clear his throat outside our door.

from Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956)

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. Laura Bonikowsky

    Michael Ondaatje–oooh, baby! Who knew?!

  2. My, my! Clever puns, but some are very racy! I do agree that Michael Ondaatje was quite a looker in his youth. Those bedroom eyes belong on a hunky calendar.


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About Susanne Marshall

Susanne Marshall lives in Halifax, NS, where she teaches writing and Canadian Literature. She was educated at Mount Allison University, the University of Toronto, and Dalhousie University, where she completed a PhD in contemporary Canadian literature. Her research interests include redefinitions of regionalism, Atlantic Canadian writing, ecocritical writing and urban writing. Susanne has also worked in the educational publishing industry as a developmental editor, and as a freelance editor. She reads and writes all day, for her profession, for interest, and for the love of it.


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