A regular feature in the Canadian
newspaper, The Globe and Mail
. The format is very simple: Some newsworthy person (e.g. an actor, a politician, a public figure) and a reporter, Jan Wong, have lunch. And then Jan reports on the event, typically in a highly cutting way. Her unflattering (and frequently amusing) portrayals of Canadian elites have made her a mildly controversial figure.
Jan Wong credits Margaret Atwood
for beginning her career as a dirt-dishing celebrity interviewer. Atwood had suggested a promotional lunch with a Globe reporter, and according to Wong, she was selected because she was "the only warm body available on the Labour Day
weekend". Normally, celebrity press junket
s result in fawning media coverage. Instead, Wong reported on Atwood's being a prickly and difficult lunch companion.
Wong's latest book is called "Lunch With Jan Wong" -- and contains some 60 "Lunch with" columns.
If you receive an invitation, think hard about declining.