Glenn Gould From A To Z (by Michael Stegemann)

A B C D E F G H I M N O P R S T
Don Hunstein / Jan 70

NORTH

It is remarkable, to say the least, that a man like Gould, who wore winter clothing even at the height of summer, was so enthusiastic about the cold and inhospitable North. “I have an enormous compulsion to look upon the Polar seas,” he wrote to an acquaintance in 1965. While preparing for his docudrama The Idea of North, he discovered the small town of Wawa some 625 miles by car to the north-west of Toronto, and in the final years of his life he would return there on frequent occasions. But the North was really no more than an idea – the inner, rather than the outer, goal of his flight from the world. “Something really does happen to most people who go into the north – […] they become, in effect, philosophers.”