Where I land
Editions of the hustle and bustle
“I’ve always read a lot, but mostly philosophy, critical theory… In recent years, I’ve started reading more fiction again because politics isn’t just about big ideas , but also heart and human stories. I assume the fact that I am outrageously late for this novel which has been on my pile for a long time. It’s a biographical novel that talks about immigration, social justice, French… The debates we’ve had in recent weeks in Quebec. This novel raises the question of integration, of how to reconcile the cultures of origin and national. Immigration is not just a question of figures, statistics and major principles, but also of individual trajectories, of human beings in the flesh. I think that our debates on this sensitive subject would be more constructive if we heard more of people’s stories. »
Rapailler our territories
“In 2012, Stéphane Gendron and I had epic and well-documented skirmishes. He has had a rather special career in recent years; he left the media world to make a radical change of life and now defines himself as a man of the left. In this essay, he questions our model of land use. It’s a book about the divide between the urban and rural world, a subject that worries me a lot. I believe that we need reflections like that, we need to re-establish the links between the Quebec of cities and rurality. I do not accept that we can no longer talk to each other or have a common social project in Quebec. If Stéphane and I managed to get together, I think that’s proof that we can get together in Quebec even if we have the impression that there are debates that separate us. »
René Lévesque: something like a great man
Marc Tessier et al.
“When I was a child, I was a big fan of Tintin. Since I was full of prejudices, comics had remained for me a thing of young people, for children. I got back to reading comics this year and discovering the absolutely amazing world of comics and graphic novels. I recently devoured a comic strip published by Écosociété on the Lac-Mégantic tragedy based on Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny’s essay and I intend to read Marc Tessier’s on René Lévesque, a nice big brick to which several designers collaborated. That too was on my desk, but the debates of the last few days on René Lévesque and his legacy, he who would have celebrated his 100e birthday this year, put it back at the top of my pile. It’s a wonderful comic that I can’t wait to read, a vacation project with my 3-month-old daughter in my arms! »