Being bilingual should be enough to get you past the OQLF bouncers at CLUB NOUS, the pure laine nightclub, frequented by the likes of Jean-François Lisée, Bernard Landry, and Mathieu Bock-Côté. But it’s not. Because SPEAKING FRENCH will never be enough for people like Lisée. You have to BE FRENCH if you wanna be a part of their NOUS. Membership has its privileges. But people like you and people like me—people who live in what Mathieu Bock-Côté derisively refers to as “Le Québec de Sugar Sammy”—need not apply. Because this really isn’t about language. Maybe it never was.

—John Faithful Hamer, From Here (2016)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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