Adam Gopnik lived out a certain Canadian fantasy. He left the country and became a prominent New York intellectual. He writes about the move south in his new book, At the Stranger’s Gate.

Gopnik is now a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he often writes about Canada — like in this profile of Michael Ignatieff or the recent piece, “We Could Have Been Canada.”

He talks about how New York has changed, whether it still has anything to offer dreamy exiles, and the bright side of Canada being run by a small pool of political elites. Jesse tries to keep up.