I took the assignment because my friend Sarmishta Subramanian is the new editor of the Literary Review of Canada and I wanted to share a little in what I'm certain will be her enormous success at the magazine. The topic -- Trudeaumania -- turned out to be far more interesting than I expected, especially the similarities between Trudeau Sr. and Austin Powers. Best of all, I made the cover! I know it's not cool to be excited about such things but it's been more than twenty years since I've made the cover of a publication that I haven't edited (except for that time the Globe covered my firing from the Post on the front page). Anyway, enjoy! And subscribe!