The ever-quotable Jim Harrison on the problem of a national literature:
I’m not a nationalist. I don’t want to hear about American literature. It’s world literature. And all this sniping about who’s good in America is nonsense when you’ve got Gunter Grass, and Gabriel Màrquez. Who is good is who is good wherever they are.
Search for “American”; replace with “Canadian.” Whaddaya know — certain truths are universal.