What My Father’s Death Taught Me about Poetry

Matthew Zapruder examines his relationship with poetry and with his father. Despite being two men with great facility for precise language, they were unable to use it to bridge the distance between them. In likening poems to people, Zapruder posits that the most beautiful thing about the poems most important to him is that their gravity and meaning cannot fully be articulated.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jul 25, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,879 words)

When Death is a Choice

Dave Cameron profiles David Forsee, a man with a fatal lung disease who chose to end his life under Canada’s right to die legislation. As his time diminishes, Forsee and his friends and caregivers struggle to be at peace with the choice he made and the time he has left.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jul 20, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,578 words)

Canada’s Middle Class Is on the Brink of Ruin

A new breed of hard-working Canadians are living aspirational lifestyles that push them beyond their means, and their credit card debt threatens to overtake them, and the country.

Source: The Walrus
Published: May 17, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,573 words)

My Week at Sea with Canada’s Alt-Right

If its sounds like a nightmare to be stuck on a boat full of followers of Canada’s conservative media provocateur and Breitbart acolyte Ezra Levant, well, you’re in luck: one liberal writer took that trip so you won’t have to.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Mar 10, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,824 words)

Je M’Excuse: Guilty Memories From An Anglo Montreal Childhood

Even now, as someone who has lived in Toronto for almost two decades, I cannot shake the Quebec out of me. Both professionally and socially, I notice that my human bonds grow fastest and strongest with other members of the Quebec diaspora. Those multiply nested countercultures seem to give us a unique outlook on life—a combination of self-awareness, clannishness, polyglotism, and cosmopolitan posturing that often leaves us chatting alone, amongst ourselves in the kitchen, at parties in Toronto and Vancouver. The jokes we tell and the questions we ask may be in English. But the backstory comes with French subtitles.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Dec 22, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,146 words)

Peace Be Upon You

While his American neighbors to the south argue over a Muslim registry and deportations, one Canadian imam works to save fellow Muslims from radicalization. Enlightening people with knowledge is his true jihad.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Dec 14, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,717 words)

Geek Love: On Nerditry as Salvation in ’70s Small-Town Canada

At The Walrus, Kevin Patterson writes on how his fraternal twin brother embraced nerditry to navigate the homophobia of small-town Canada in the ’70s.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov 30, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,080 words)

Canadian Mining’s Dark Heart

For one Canadian mining company, measuring the real price of gold requires counting environmental destruction and large scale sexual violence against women.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Oct 24, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,515 words)

Making Sense of Life In the Death Zone

I was just a few hours shy of the Earth’s summit and feeling deceptively strong. My blood was turning to sludge; my brain and lungs were slowly swelling as my heart pounded against my chest. I was dying, but I felt inspired. Optimistic even. I was three hundred metres into the Death Zone, yet still hours away from my goal.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Oct 19, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,964 words)

Big Lonely Doug

How a single ancient tree in western Canada became a nationwide celebrity and media sensation, as well as the powerful image environmental groups needed to try to slow the ongoing destruction of the country’s old-growth forests.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 21, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,985 words)