At The Edges of the U.S.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Canadian writers Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds, one the descendent of an American slave, the other educated at an American school in Brazil, write about their trip around the perimeter of the U.S. and discuss their new book, Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels Through America.


Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds

Comments [14]


I moved to the US from Canada 15 years ago and still notice the big differences:
1) The rugged individualist mentality. Canadians generally feel more loyalty to 'the group' than the individual.
2) The American Dream ethos infuses everything and can make Americans very insular. That anyone can become extraordinarily successful. I don't think Canadians think about success in the same way.
3) The level of 'patriotism'. Canadians sometimes identify themselves by how they are not Americans (ie the I AM CANADIAN Molsons add of a few years ago. That should have embarassed all Canadians, but they rallied behind it!)
4) American sometimes act like they are the only democracy in the world. They sometimes seem confused about other countries level of democracy.

I could go on, but I won't. I like it here by the way but I sometimes miss Vancouver. Canadians can often be much more conformist. American's are not phased by a person's individuality and self expression.

Oct. 03 2011 01:55 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Yep, pretty boring.

Oct. 03 2011 11:58 AM
Donna from nyc

As a Canadian living in NYC, most Americans can't even name a few provinces. They can however name the cities that have hockey teams.

Oct. 03 2011 11:57 AM
Jon from Bensonhurst from Bensonhurst

How pedestrian these two are! My daughter works at a mall in Buffalo, NY and constantly is amazed at the brash consumerism--and rude behavior--of the Canadians who cross the border with their stronger dollar to purchase their goods. They (the Canadians) are much like us, and the snobbish elitism of these two is so apparent. Not interested at all in their opinions, which seem so superficial.

Oct. 03 2011 11:57 AM
Robert from NYC

Mexico is North America, does the Prime Minister think of Mexico as part of the same culture of Canada and US? That's a tight squeeze and possibly insulting to Mexico.

Oct. 03 2011 11:57 AM
darla from Tribeca

Kingston Ontario is a lovely small sophisticated city!! We Americans are often pretty ignorant of our Northern neighbors!

Oct. 03 2011 11:57 AM
Calls'em from Someplace Dry & Dusty

Have you folks ever been to Vimy Ridge or the Newfoundland memorials in France? I've been there - two of the finest monuments anywhere.

The National War Memorial in Downtown St. John's is one of the most beautiful of all the post World War I monuments Canada. Perhaps you aren't noticing things at home.

Oct. 03 2011 11:56 AM
Jeff from NYC

Lol! The Canadian pair are providing the lamest, dullest comments I can recall on a Brian show. Book Warning!

Oct. 03 2011 11:54 AM
Bob Pandolfo from Brooklyn

What is your opinion of/ experience with/ the Canadian Health Care System?


Oct. 03 2011 11:54 AM
Peter Jones from Villae

I know many Canadians as a result of going to many conferences there over many years. One recurring theme: They can't believe how crazy we are on the issue of national health care.

Oct. 03 2011 11:53 AM
Johnnjersey from NJ

A Canadian told me there is no where in Canada where you would have to fill in "Race" on a government form. No where at all! If this is true, it seems to explain why we have such problems with race in this country and Canada has relatively few.

I know we are not totally post-racial yet in the US. But since hearing this I notice we seem to separate by race at times when it is unnecessary.

Oct. 03 2011 11:52 AM
Calls'em from Someplace Dry & Dusty

You miss the essence of America when you don't visit the great heartland. Your snap shot of this great country is incomplete.

Oct. 03 2011 11:52 AM
Calls'em from Someplace Dry & Dusty

So which beer is better Labatt's or 0'Keefe's??? I can use one about now.

Oct. 03 2011 11:49 AM
Robert from NYC

I bet we look like fat, selfish pigs to them! I bet. I've been wrong before so let's see.

Oct. 03 2011 11:44 AM

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