Last week I briefly linked to a story about Louis Riel author Chester Brown running for Canadian office on the Libertarian ticket. Now Toronto’s Eye Weekly has an interview with Brown about why he decided to make a run for Parliament:
“Becoming a Libertarian wasn’t the easiest thing for me. At first, I thought, aren’t those just a bunch of right-wing assholes? But when I met other party members I discovered there was a lot for me to agree with.”
The reaction to this political conversion, even amongst fellow artists fond of Brown’s eccentric outlook, was generally confused: “It was like, ’Oh, there goes Chester with another one of his kooky enthusiasms.’
“Seth told me that, after he heard I was into this, that something died within him.”
Good thing I wasn’t drinking any liquid the first time I read that last line, or it might have come out of my nose.