Around this time last year, when the weather started to warm and working from home still felt liminal, I became better acquainted with the neighbourhood…

February 2021

First, a question: If you’re the sort of person who still listens to MP3s, FLACs, AACs — OGGs? — on your computer, what app do you use? I’m working on a…

December 2020

Can you feel it? It’s that time of year where everything seems to slow down. It’s like walking in waist-deep water. There’s no use trying to go faster…
I haven’t listened a ton of music this year. But What I have been listening to are podcasts about music. I’ve really been enjoying the third season of…
In HBO's How To With John Wilson, so many of the show's best, funniest, most endearing moments hinge on how they're shot.

April 2020

Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a 3D animator, to make the computer generated characters I saw in films and TV. I loved ReBoot and Toy Story — they…

March 2020

I started writing this at my kitchen table, which is as much a makeshift office as it is a place to eat these days. It was just warm enough on Thursday…

January 2020

I’m going to start this issue in the garden. Not the kind of garden that I usually think about this time of year, the one I’ll try to coax into being on…

December 2019

The temperature is finally dropping, which means it’s time to bake bread. I made my first loaf of the season earlier this week — just a simple, no-knead…

November 2019

It was New Years Day when Doug Nidever blacked out. One moment, the 65-year old climber was about 100 feet up Yosemite’s frozen Chouinard Falls. The…
Hello! I'm starting a new newsletter, and I'm calling it Secret World. It’s going to be a mix of essays, analysis, some reporting, links to things I…