In which the author returns to Ottawa
Great. As always, intensely readable, literary and personal. The Canadian Czech writer Josef Škvorecký had a similar problem with women in his novels. It's a Middle Europe thing, or was. I don't know what they are like now. But they were/are different from us. The women also are different in their reactions. To us, especially now, it sounds tone deaf and misogynist. It creates a reading problem, as you suggest. But it's a problem that, like that signifier, wanders from topic to topic.