Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity

Steven Heighton sat in silence with an author he admired — and learned how to write well.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Dec 27, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,911 words)

Don’t Blame the Internet for New Slang

Language is always changing. Has technology forced it to evolve in new ways?

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,039 words)

Did the Heir to the Red Bull Empire Get Away with Murder?

Thailand’s justice system has a track for the rich and a track for everyone else, and this corrupt double standard extends to tax laws, international national borders, and murder.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 4, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,558 words)

Céline Dion is Everywhere

“As she leaves Vegas and heads back into the world, nearly four decades into her career, a full-blown Célinaissance has been declared. But why is her celebrity suddenly so pressing, so meaningful, so of this moment? Céline isn’t exactly new—just about everyone already knows the basic story: born and raised outside Montreal, a preteen singing sensation by fourteen….She’s been around for so long that much of the world has no conscious memory from the Before Céline era: she has always been the soundtrack to grocery store aisles, cab rides, the corniest parts of every cornball movie you hate to love.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Aug 29, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,957 words)

How to Build a Life Without Kids

There is an increasing trend for women to reject the traditional path of motherhood. How do these women find meaning outside of family life?

Source: The Walrus
Published: May 2, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,944 words)

The Truth About Wanting to Die

“Personal experience has made me more invested in addressing the gross inequities depression exacerbates, in hammering home the human, societal, economic costs. The depth of depression’s debilitation and our reprehensible failure to address it consume me because I’m there, spending days paralyzed and nights wracked because my meds aren’t good enough.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Aug 7, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,913 words)

The Charmed Life of Esther the Wonder Pig

In 2012, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter adopted a twenty-centimeter, six-month-old ‘mini pig’ that they named Esther. However, it turned out that their new pet was, in fact, a commercial pig that reached a sturdy 650 pounds. This did not stop her proud new parents from letting Esther share their home and documenting her adventures on social media. Close to a million and a half people now follow the pampered life of Esther on Facebook, about half a million on Instragram, and 50,000 on Twitter. Esther becoming a social media phenomenon has meant millions of people have started to care about the welfare of pigs, and by extension, all animals, in a way that was previously impossible.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jul 6, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,441 words)

The Loneliness of Infertility

“[I]n framing infertile women as problematic consumers of technology that they despise, many contemporary feminists ignore the actual experience, the meat and pain, of infertility. They ignore the grief.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 8, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,318 words)

Where Not to Travel in 2019, or Ever

Who’s really footing the bill for your amazing vacation to an untouched destination? You’re buying the plane tickets, but locals are paying the price.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Feb 12, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,755 words)

Learning to Forgive My Distant Father

In an excerpt from his book, The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind, Mark Abley deconstructs the pipe organ, examining its components, appearance in history and popular culture, and its powerful capacity for meaning via sound as he recounts his distant father Harry’s obsession with the instrument and with musical composition and arrangement — often at a cost to his personal relationships.

Author: Mark Abley
Source: The Walrus
Published: Jan 18, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,383 words)