How Canada works

Have a look at this brilliantly written piece by Toronto-based Michelle Dean on The Awl. I love that delicious moment where I feel envious for having not written something, and then the envy melts into utter adoration. (I’m not being quite as eloquent as I’d like in explaining this. Perhaps Michelle Dean could edit….) ~~ […]

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CBC Radio Moncton commentary

CBC Moncton commissioned me to record a commentary of my Herald column of two weeks ago (no longer on the Herald website, but you can read it here), regarding the Halifax Common concert fiasco. My instinct is to apologize to Monctonians in advance for the slight, but, well, I won’t. I stand by what I […]

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Oh, Moncton. Oh, Halifax.

My latest column from the Chronicle Herald has received more feedback than usual. I wrote it in the wake of the Halifax Common concert scandal (see Tim Bousquet’s always on-point Reality Bites blog for background), but not really about the concert scandal. The piece is more concerned with our city’s perennial inability to see the […]

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Suri’s binky…

Following my jokey Tweet about Suri Cruise needing a Scientology audit after the Today Show online questioned the little one’s binky sucking, I wanted to draw attention to Lawrence Wright’s magnificently reported piece about Scientology, “The Apostate,” in the Feb. 14, 2011, New Yorker. Wright took his time with this one; it’s 25,000 words. So did his […]

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Good, disturbing read

I caught this piece from Cleveland, Ohio, weekly Scene Magazine on longform.org today. The narrative is pretty bare bones (heaven knows I favour the tangential) and I would have liked a stronger line throughout the piece connected to Renee, but it’s a gruesome and intriguing narrative that presents an interesting (if incompletely mined) discussion of […]

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